I am currently coaching two softball teams, and also coaching tee-ball
I recently traveled to Washington DC and New York City for two weeks and it was amazing!! </li></ul>
Education for women <ul><li>There are many regional and gender disparities when it comes to education in Kenya.
Because of strong cultural norms throughout Kenya, girls in many areas are still seen as homemakers who do not deserve to go to school. </li></ul>
Education continued.. <ul><li>HIV/AIDS kills many parents, inevitably forcing the girls to stay home to take care of their siblings, and unable to go to school.
Despite the introduction of free primary education, boys are sent to school instead, as they are seen as future wealth sources. </li></ul>
Health Care for women <ul><li>The health care system is plagued by a shortage of funding, medical staff, and equipment.
Women are faced with physical and verbal abuse and detention for not being able to pay hospital bills when seeking reproductive health services.
Majority of people have to settle for mediocre health care. </li></ul>
Laws discriminating against women <ul><li>Many of the laws in Kenya discriminate against women and violate their rights, including the Constitution.
Inheritance, and sexual and gender-based violence are the dominant areas of discrimination in the law. </li></ul>
Sexual violence against women <ul><li>Marital rape has not been criminalized as a crime punishable by law yet.
The Sexual Offences Act put in place in 2006 introduced stiffer penalties for sexual offenders, but unfortunately, implementation and enforcement of the Act have been majorly lacking. </li></ul>
Sexual violence continued.. <ul><li>FGM, Female Genital Mutilation (also called circumcision) is illegal in Kenya, outlawed in 2001 as part of the Children's Act
Although it is illegal, it still continues because it has been custom in many communities for centuries.
Usually performed on girls between age 4 and 8, and is associated with initiation into adulthood. </li></ul>
Female Genital Mutilation <ul><li>The circumcision is often performed using tin lids, pieces of broken glass, and knives. Many times these tools are used for multiple girls without being disinfected.
They are also performed usually without any anesthetic
The procedure can result in infection, and severe pain during urination, menstruation, sexual intercourse, and childbirth.
Many girls have died from undergoing the procedure due to excessive bleeding or infection. </li></ul>