Wednesday, July 7, 2010

"Fear of Attack Leaves Women Prisoners in Their Homes"

Amnesty International recently came out with a report on the threat of violence to women in the slums of Nairobi. They particularly focused on the fact that most women can't use the toilet at night for fear of being attacked.

Insecurity and Indignity: Women's experiences in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya details how the failure of the government to incorporate the slums in urban plans and budgets has resulted in poor access to services like sanitation, which hits women in slums and informal settlements especially hard.

"Women in Nairobi's settlements become prisoners in their own homes at night and some times well before it is dark," said Godfrey Odongo, Amnesty Internationals East Africa researcher. "They need more privacy than men when going to the toilet or taking a bath and the inaccessibility of facilities make women vulnerable to rape, leaving them trapped in their own homes.

Read a summary of their report here.

And if you have time, read the entire report here.

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