Op-Ed

Imagine not being able to read text messages on your mobile phone. Your children come home from school and at the end of the day you cannot supervise or correct their homework, or read their progress reports at the end of the term. Yet this is the reality for a majority of women in some rural areas in Kenya. While efforts are being made globally to reduce literacy rates, data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) indicates that at least 750 million youth and adults still cannot read and write, the majority of these being women …
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At least 65.3 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes as a result of natural disasters, persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations. According to data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 21.3 million of these displaced people are refugees, 29% of them hosted in Africa. Refugees in Africa, as is the case globally, don’t travel far from their home countries. It is estimated that about 86% of them settle in low- and middle-income countries close to their home countries. The top six refugee destinations in Africa are Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, …
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