Sanchita Sharma's Blogs

  • What Women Want

    Much like India, Kenya makes excellent laws very efficiently and then fails to implement them as efficiently. As a result of the government's spectacular failure to ensure men are not more equal than women, many women continue to live under the shadow of violence. One in five women in Kenya -- 21%-- experience sexual violence both within and outside marriage, but less than 1% report it, shows the country's Demographic Health Survey.  It's one of the major reasons why 18% women have had their first child before they turn 19, forcing them to drop out of school to raise their baby in what is often a single-parent family. "We make laws against gender violence, but don't implement it," says Rosemarie Muganda-Onyando, deputy director of the international NGO PATH. She says those who are not raped are coerced into sex with gifts...

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