When President Barack Obama made his first visit to Kenya as US President in July 2015
, one of the poignant messages he left was an exhortation for communities to shun cultures that degrade women and girls.
On Friday, 06 November 2015, we had the honor of meeting the First Lady of Kenya Ms Margaret Kenyatta, a tireless advocate for “every woman and every child”, during the launch of the Beyond Zero campaign in Mandera County, North-Eastern Kenya, a place which has often been described as ‘the worst place on earth to give birth’.
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 out due to menstruation-related issues.
For many women in Mandera County – a hard to reach, insecure and arid part of North Eastern Kenya – the story of life from childhood to adulthood is one about sheer pain and struggle for survival.
It was early July 2004, and Darfur was looking like a war zone - massive human displacements of an estimated one million people
, ongoing skirmishes, inclement weather, a parched landscape due to the recurring droughts, and sheer misery everywhere.