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Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

Girls and women in Kenya hold untapped potential.  Their increased contributions would help Kenya reach their development goals.  The forces that constrain women are many. They remain underrepresented in decision-making processes at all levels.  Women and girls living in rural areas spend long hours collecting water and firewood. This and other household chores limits school attendance and work options.  They have less access to land tenure, education, and employment opportunities.

Alongside our partners, USAID works to promote women's engagement in every aspect of Kenya's development.  USAID supports Kenya in their journey to self-reliance.  Our work aims to:

  • Create safe spaces for women and girls, so they can live free from gender-based violence.

  • Increase women’s access to credit facilities and markets opportunities.

  • Increase the participation of women in decision and policy-making at all levels.

  • Ensure women’s participation in peace-building, conflict prevention, and mitigation.

  • Narrow gender gaps in education, training, and employment.


Fact Sheet: Support for Gender Equality in Kenya

Last updated: July 09, 2019

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