Female Genital Mutilation
FGM has been illegal in Kenya since 2001 and the government is increasingly taking action to enforce this law. However, 27% of girls and women are still affected by FGM as communities in certain areas continue the practice which is seen as a rite of passage into womanhood.
FGM Prevalence: 27% of girls and women have undergone FGM in Kenya (UNICEF 2013)
Campaign Against FGM: 59% of women who have been cut see no benefit (UNICEF 2013)
86% of girls and women want the practice to end (UNICEF 2013)
Force Child Marriage
Child marriage is illegal in Kenya where you cannot marry before 18, or at the age of 16 with parental consent. Nonetheless, over a quarter of girls are married by the age of 18.
Legal Status Of FGM: Illegal since 2001
Child Marriage Prevalence: 6% of girls in Kenya are married by the age of 15 and
26% are married by the age of 18 (UNICEF 2014)
Legal Status of Child Married: It is illegal to marry under the age of 18
Maternal Mortality Rate: 400 per 100,000 live births (WHO 2013)
Gender Inequality Index: 147 of 187 countries (UNDP 2013)