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22 March 2016
Press Release
Ms Gina Din

Ms Gina Din appointed UNFPA Kenya National Honorary Ambassador

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, has designated Ms. Gina Din Kariuki as Honorary Ambassador. Ms. Din will support the Fund’s efforts to... Read more

28 January 2016

Women’s Empowerment Will Accelerate Kenya’s Economic Prosperity

When President Barack Obama made his first visit to Kenya as US President last year, one of the poignant messages he left was an exhortation for communities to shun cultures that degrade women and... Read more

22 January 2016

Maternal and child health key to growth

Two out of every three cases of maternal deaths occur in areas affected by a humanitarian crisis or fragile conditions like North-Eastern Kenya where focus is being put to give pregnant mothers a... Read more

5 January 2016

When The Menstrual Cycle Becomes A Question Of Human Rights

The onset of menstruation is a landmark event in the life of a young woman. Yet many complications and challenges accompany such an event. One in 10 adolescent girls miss school and eventually drop... Read more

16 December 2015

Uncut women chase the blade

In Kenya, nearly all women have heard of FGM and almost 27 per cent have undergone the painful practice. Globally, it is estimated that between 100 to 140 million girls and women alive today have... Read more

14 December 2015
These girls were rescued from early marriage by the Komesi Women’s Network in West Pokot, Kenya. © UNFPA / Bernard Muthaka - See more at:

Leading the response to child marriage

KONGELAI VILLAGE, West Pokot, Kenya – Married at age 9 to a 60-year-old man, Sarah Lotupokol, 15, knows how lucky she is. The help she has received from a group of women in her community to escape... Read more

14 December 2015

Peering at FGM through the health lens

The fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is relentless with stories of girls such as 14-year-old Lororua Nasiiku recently fleeing her motherland, Samburu, to escape the knife. Partners such... Read more

9 December 2015

The Tyranny of Violence Against Women and Girls: 16 Days Of Activism

According to the 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey of Kenya, 4 out of every 10 Kenyan women undergo some form of violence, whether physical or sexual. This figure is staggering and should... Read more

17 November 2015

The world's most dangerous place to be pregnant

Mandera, Kenya (CNN)The hospital in this remote region of Kenya has no blood in its blood bank, and Fardowsa Abdi is about to die. The 25-year-old went into labor days ago. But with no medical... Read more

8 November 2015

From despair to hope

Mandera in north-eastern Kenya has often been described as “the worst place on earth to give birth”. Mandera’s maternal mortality rate stands at 3,795 deaths per 100,000 live births, almost double... Read more