Women and girls are being incarcerated at concerning rates in Kenya. According to the 2020 Economic Survey, currently there are around 22,213 women in the Kenyan prison system, including those who have been sentenced and those in pretrial detention. Women behind bars in Kenya face numerous challenges, including inadequate prison infrastructure, unsanitary conditions, lack of access to education or vocational training, and lack of support for the transition between life in prison and life post-incarceration. As a result, women face economic, social, and legal difficulties in re-entering society. These include solitude and abandonment, discrimination and stigma, lack of psychological support, lack of necessary skills and education to seek employment, and problems in finding housing. Moreover, they often face stigmatisation and rejection from their families and communities. For many women, getting out of prison is harder than getting in.
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