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George Washington University

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Fall 2015

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Kenya: Urbanization, Health, and Human Rights


Awareness about the prevalence of gender based violence is on the rise around the world. Citizens, governments and international organizations are beginning to see the vast impacts this issue has not only on the afflicted survivors but also on their families, friends and communities. However, less research is often done on a city or community level which leaves wide gaps in varying social, cultural, economic, and situational indicators. This also leads to many broad statements about the reasons why gender-based violence is so high in a particular areas. In developing countries the code word is often, poverty. This study takes a deeper look at the issue, by selecting one unique focus area, Nairobi and especially its informal settlements, and then examines the intricacies of the similarities and differences among the data to establish specific, evidence-based risk factors. Among poorer areas there is also the issue of accessing services. This study will ask what can be done to reach the most vulnerable in addition to looking at technology’s effect on access.


Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence | Family, Life Course, and Society | Gender and Sexuality | Inequality and Stratification


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