Kenya Gender Fact sheet

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While Kenya scores 81 out of 100 on the Women, Business and the Law 2020 index and ranks 109 out of the 153 countries in the Global Gender Gap Report 2020 with 0.671, significant inequalities between men and women in education attainment, health outcomes, representation in parliament, and participation in the labor market remain. Over the past decade, legislative and policy reform has established a basis for gender equality across all sectors. 

However, despite the strides made, several challenges like poverty, age, and education disparities remain. Women and adolescent girls are the most vulnerable group in Kenya. They are particularly vulnerable to poverty especially at the household and community level which is exacerbated by gender-based violence, harmful cultural attitudes, and beliefs around gender roles. Limited control over benefits from land and other resources limits women’s participation in the economy, particularly as producers and market actors. Women’s unpaid childcare and domestic work limits women’s contribution in and benefits from productive activities, their mobility, and access to market resources and information while participating in the economy.

To address these issues, USAID continues to apply learning and adaptive approaches that integrate gender into its activities and interventions, which align with the Government of Kenya’s priorities and commitments as well as USAID’s Gender Equality and Female Empowerment policy. USAID’s strategic entry point will look at vulnerability through the eyes of adolescent girls and young women to shift harmful gender norms, reduce teenage pregnancies and prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 11:15am

Last updated: May 04, 2021