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Kenyan women stimulate the country’s economy

The economy of Kenya is supported by women: indeed recent data show that 60 per cent of the economically active section of the population is rural and female. To ensure the further development of the country, therefore, the most important challenge is to strengthen the role of women. However, despite the fact that in one in three families a woman is the head of the household, a survey in Kenya in 2014 recorded a high level of violence against this section of the population. Four out of 10 women between the ages of 15 and 49 suffered physical aggression from family members. Furthermore, because of the serious discrimination that still exists in this country, girls are often removed from school with violence and women are deprived of access to the job market. Half the women in Kenya have only had a primary school education, which in the long run constitutes an obstacle to their participation in the country’s socio-economic activity.

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