Women and girls in Kwale and Kilifi counties have remained among the most marginalized population in the country. According to the Germany Foundation for World Population (DSW), the two regions are among the most affected in rural Kenya.
The organization, which launched a Women and Girls Empowerment Project (WOGE) in Kwale and Kilifi, further called on the government to support girl child empowerment projects.
According to the DSW, women, especially in rural areas, are the most affected, with girls being denied basic needs such as education, life skills and are subjected to numerous activities which lead to their retrogressive socio- economic and development growth.
The report notes that the girl child has continued to be vulnerable to marginalization especially in rural areas. This hinders efforts by NGOs and the government to address the issue. Communities therefore need to join hands with the government to provide equal opportunities for everyone in the society.
According to the Kwale District Medical officer bad cultural practices are to blame for the predicaments of the girl child in the Coast region, noting that denial of education and early marriage of the girl child has contributed to the high poverty levels.
According to DSW, a big percentage of girls lack basic education, access to information and life skills to help them improve their livelihood.