Cultural taboos prevent thousands of young girls from continuing their education in Kenya. In remote villages, it’s considered shameful to talk about menstruation, so moms don’t warn their daughters about the changes that occur during puberty.
Today is International Widows Day, designated by the United Nations to raise awareness of the world’s 258 million widows and their challenges. Nearly one in ten of the world’s widows live in extreme poverty.
Strains in the world’s largest economies point to a pending global recession. The United States struggles to control inflation. China is paying a high price for lengthy lockdowns, and the Russia-Ukraine war continues in Europe’s backyard.
An estimated eight million widows comprise nearly 15-percent of Kenya’s population. This forgotten and overlooked group faces many challenges and social stigma; widows didn’t even show up on the census until 2019.