NAIROBI, Kenya: On the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), UN Women announced the appointment of renowned activist Jaha Dukureh of The Gambia as Regional Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women. Ms. Dukureh will dedicate her efforts to support UN Women’s advocacy to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage in Africa, with focus on mobilizing youth. Herself a survivor of FGM, and forced into child marriage at age 15, Ms. Dukureh is the CEO and Founder of the NGO “Safe Hands for Girls” that provides support to African women and girls who are survivors of FGM and addresses its lifelong, harmful physical and psychological consequences. Alongside women’s organizations and civil society, she contributed to the Gambian
Nairobi, Kenya: The Kenyan high court ordered the restoration of three major television stations taken off air by the government this week over coverage of the Odinga swearing in as President. The court has suspended the shutdown pending a February 14 court hearing challenging the decision to take the private stations off air, according to a court ruling. The government cut the television transmission of KTN, NTV and Citizen TV on Tuesday to prevent them from airing the symbolic swearing-in of opposition leader Raila Odinga the same day. Before the court's ruling, the Interior Ministry had said the stations will remain off air as officials investigate the "serious breach of security" after the stations aired footage of crowds gathering for the event. It's unclear whether the...
NAIROBI, Kenya: WHO: Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees WHAT: Mission to Kenya WHEN: 1 February 2018 WHERE: Kakuma, Nairobi Following his visit to Ethiopia and Somalia, UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock will join the High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on a visit to Kakuma refugee camp and jointly launch the South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan and the Regional Refugee Response Plan in Nairobi on 1 February. Kakuma refugee camp hosts around 186,600 refugees and asylum-seekers, the majority of whom, around 106,000, are from South Sudan. Humanitarian needs in South Sudan continue to escalate, mainly due to conflict, displacement a...
NAIROBI, Kenya: E-health platform MYDAWA hit over 30,000 registered users as of December 2017. The digital service that is enabling consumers to conveniently purchase authentic medicines and wellness products was launched in March 2017. Speaking during an update on the growth of the platform, MYDAWA Managing Director Tony Wood said that the steady rise in users was driven by rising healthcare costs, an increasing value conscious customer and negative patient experiences reported in Kenya. “MYDAWA is proud to be a formidable force in disrupting Kenya’s healthcare industry through innovation. The company is anchored on privacy, convenience and guaranteed quality as part of its promise to service delivery,” said Mr. Wood. MYDAWA is proud to be a formidable forc
CAPE TOWN, South Africa: iflix, the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, is pleased to announce it will be the exclusive online home for Sky’s highly anticipated historical period drama Britannia. From today, iflix subscribers across the region including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Zimbabwe can stream or download each episode from the moment of release, exclusively on iflix. Set in 43AD, Britannia tells the story of the determined, but terrified Roman invaders and the occupied Celts and Druids, whose lives are changed forever by the arrival of a new world order. Britannia begins in 43AD as the Roman Army, determined and terrified in equal measure, returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia – a mysterious land ruled by wild warrior wo
NAIROBI, Kenya: Britain’s Secretary of State for International Development, the Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt, is in Kenya for a two day visit to discuss greater UK-Kenya cooperation on economic growth and investment. The Secretary of State, who oversees the UK’s development aid, will hold meetings with members of national government and visit businesses here in Kenya. Ms Mordaunt will discuss priority areas of mutual interest including opportunities to boost economic development and improve quality and access to services. The UK is supporting Kenya’s economic development, for the benefit of Kenyans, and with the aim of reducing dependency on aid. As well as meeting leaders and businesses, the International Development Secretary will also have an opportunity to visit U
GENEVA, Switzerland: Three independent experts* appointed by the UN have expressed concerns about recent reports that indigenous Sengwer peoples in western Kenya have been attacked and forcibly evicted from their homes as a result of the implementation of the Water Towers Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation project, an EU-funded water management project. “The Sengwer are facing repeated attacks and forced evictions by agents of the Kenya Forest Service, which is an implementing agency in the project financed by the European Union,” the experts said. On 25 December 2017, more than 100 armed Forest Service guards entered the traditional lands of the Sengwer in the Embobut Forest, firing gunshots, burning at least 15 homes and killing their livesto