Kenya is the largest economy in East Africa, with most of the population living in rural communities. More than half of the country’s population is women, and around a third lives below the poverty line. The country faces several major development challenges, including gender inequality, and ranks 128 out of 189 countries in the United Nations Gender Inequality Index (GII).
Gender-based Violence (GBV) remains prevalent in Kenya, and women are underrepresented in decision-making processes at all levels, including the national parliament. Although the status of women in Kenya has improved in recent decades, these trends are reflected across the tea industry, where women are more likely to experience poverty, violence, and unequal access to opportunities.
This factsheet highlights the extent of some of these issues using references and data points from third party sources.