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Recent articles by Nita:

Kenya: When Did You Last See an African Video Game Hero? Asks Kenya's Usiku Games

What's wrong with being a plucky hero running from demon monkeys or a glamourous model in dress up games? Players get sucked into worlds full of violence and unhealthy body images, according to Jay Shapiro, co-founder of Kenya-based Usiku Games. → Read More

U.S. raps global health summit over abortion, sex education

Heads of state, financial institutions and donors have gathered in Nairobi to address maternal mortality, violence against women and voluntary family planning → Read More

Africa: The Cost to Stop Women Dying in Childbirth By 2030? 46 Military Aircrafts

Countries need about $264 billion - the equivalent cost of 110 military aircrafts - to end maternal deaths, gender based violence, child marriage, and provide family planning to all women by 2030, said a United Nations study. → Read More

Kenya Pledges to End FGM By 2022

Kenya's president on Tuesday promised to end female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2022, a goal women's rights campaigners said was unrealistic due to insecurity and high prevalence rates in some parts of the east African nation. → Read More

Kenya Hosts Global Sexual Health Summit Amid Protests From Catholics, Pro-Life Groups

The United Nations and Kenyan government on Monday came under fire on the eve a global conference on sexual and reproductive health with Christian groups claiming hosting the event was promoting abortion and homosexuality in the east African nation. → Read More

Kenya Vows to Cut Emissions as Dirty Stoves and Fuels Kill 21,500 a Year

Cooking with fuels such as charcoal and firewood produces high levels of carbon dioxide, as well as contributing to deforestation and climate change → Read More

Kenyan Census Results a 'Big Win' for Intersex People

1,524 people said they were intersex, a figure campaigners said was low and attributed to widespread stigma and low awareness → Read More

Uganda Arrests 16 LGBT+ Activists for Gay Sex

Uganda said on Thursday it had arrested 16 LGBT+ activists on suspicion of gay sex - punishable with life in jail - in what campaigners called an escalating campaign against sexual minorities in the east African nation. → Read More

Somalia: Peacebuilding in Somalia

Climate change is hampering peacebuilding in Somalia as droughts and floods strengthen the hand of militants and weaken the power of government, a report said on Wednesday. → Read More

Uganda: Attacks On LGBT+ Ugandans Seen Rising After Minister Proposes Death for Gay Sex

Uganda has seen a rise in attacks on LGBT+ people since a minister proposed bringing back the death penalty for gay sex, campaigners said on Tuesday, warning anti-gay rhetoric was fuelling homophobia. → Read More

Uganda Plans Bill Imposing Death Penalty for Gay Sex

Nairobi - Uganda announced plans on Thursday for a bill that would impose the death penalty on homosexuals, saying the legislation would curb a rise in unnatural sex in the east African nation. → Read More

Africa: Gay Men Seen Dying From Aids Due to Africa's Homophobic Laws

Thousands of gay men in Africa are likely dying from HIV-related illnesses every year due to homophobic laws that stifle their chances of being tested and treated, said researchers behind a study published on Monday in The Lancet HIV journal. → Read More

Mauritius: Gay Mauritian Men Seek to Overturn Anti-Gay Law On Paradise Island

Treating gay sex as a crime promotes homophobia and violence against LGBT+ people, the lead complainant in a bid to overturn a colonial-era law against sodomy in Mauritius said on Tuesday. → Read More

Kenya evicts forest dwellers to save country's 'water tower'

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of people are being removed from Kenya's largest forest, a senior official said on Thursday, in a controversial move aimed at saving the country's most important "water tower", which has been decimated by decades of corruption. → Read More

From Asia to Africa: Women trafficked to Kenya's Bollywood-style dance bars

Available data suggests scores of women and underage girls are victims of organised human trafficking from South Asia to Kenya → Read More

East Africa: Act Now to Avert Disaster in Drought-Hit East Africa, Aid Agencies Say

East Africa could suffer a repeat of a 2011 famine that killed hundreds of thousands of people unless foreign donors stump up funds to help drought-hit communities in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia now, aid agencies warned on Thursday. → Read More

Sudan Urged to Ensure Justice for Raped Women Protesters

Sudanese women were a driving force during months of protests that ousted veteran autocrat Omar al-Bashir, but the sexual violence they endured risks being forgotten with the signing of a power-sharing deal, women's rights activists said on Thursday. → Read More

Congo-Kinshasa: Schoolgirls Used As Human Shields in Congo Due to 'Magical Powers'

Schoolgirls in the Democratic Republic of Congo were raped, forced into marriage and used as human shields by militias who believed they had "magical powers" during violence over a year ago, an investigation by a group of charities said on Monday. → Read More

Kenya: UN Urges Calm After Protests By LGBT+ Refugees in Kenya Turn Violent

The United Nations has urged LGBT+ refugees in Kenya to show "calm and restraint" after protests demanding better treatment turned violent, with police firing tear gas and arresting more than 20 demonstrators. → Read More

Kenya Orders Closure of Dadaab Refugee Camp This Year, According to Leaked UN Document

Located in eastern Kenya, Dadaab was established almost 30 years ago and was once the world's largest refugee camp → Read More