Gender Needs Assessment for Kisumu City, Kenya
The women and girls of Kisumu face an array of challenges that hinder their rights to gender equality and empowerment. For instance, girls have limited access to postprimary education and do not participate in formal employment, mainly because they do not have the necessary education and experience. Approximately 57 percent of the unemployed are female. Women also have a much higher HIV prevalence rate than men (13.8 percent and 8.4 percent respectively). Adolescent girls are particularly at risk of being withdrawn from school to care for HIV-positive family members. Women in the city also experience gender-based violence and are victims of harmful traditional practices such as polygamy, wife inheritance and coerced adolescent marriages.
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