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No husband, no home: Kenyan women face eviction when marriage ends - 8 Mar 2018 06:43

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Sitting in her half-stocked chemist on the outskirts of Kapsabet, a sleepy farming town in the Kenyan highlands, Joselyn Jelimo, watched pensively as people walked, cycled and rode motorbikes to and from the nearby market. Jelimo was not troubled by the lack of customers but by the loss of her home, which her husband forced her and their two children to leave when they separated five years ago. He now lives in the house with another woman. "We were married for 13 years and I didn't expect him to do such a thing," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Kenya has one of Africa's most progressive constitutions, guaranteeing equal rights to own property, but culture often takes precedence, leaving thousands of women at risk of homelessness and poverty. Less than five per cent of title deeds are held jointly by men and women or by women alone, according to the Federation of ...
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