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Kenya: What does it mean to be a woman in a slum

In a slum in Kenya it is difficult to live. And it's even more difficult for women.


This keyword can be used to describe the condition of women in Kenya. Namely, Kenya is a country in which:

  • More than 60% of women (widows, divorced or separated) claimed to have been raped;
  • 12% of women had their first sexual experience against their will;
  • Around 40% of women have been raped at least once in their lives.

In addition, it does not take into account that the anti-rape laws are not in fact applied in Kenya. (Dati:


In a slum in Mukuru, east of Nairobi, one often runs the risk of being raped. Alice lives here. The day starts very early for them, at 4:30 a.m. She prepares breakfast for her two children and then she clears the house. At 8 a.m. it is time to open her shop: she is a greengrocer.

The busy day doesn't end here. Together with other women who live in the slum, she works on an emergency number - established with support from ActionAid and the Wangu Kanja Foundation - which provides medical, psychological and legal assistance to victims of rape.

Olivia, a 36 year old mother, is one of the women Alice helped. While Grace, her 8-year-old daughter, was playing outdoors, Olivia was raped by a 65-year-old man. After listening to the noises and screams, the neighbors entered the house and rescued them.

Such stories happen frequently in the slum of Mukuru - unfortunately all too often.

Help against rape

It became possible to allow Alice to help Grace and many other women only with the support of ActionAid sponsors who decided to give their part. On this basis it became possible to organize the emergency number and to properly train the women who work there.