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What about us? Women in informal sector protest at Supreme Court, want stimulus cash

What about us? Women working in informal sector protest outside Supreme Court want stimulus funds

In Summary

• President Uhuru Kenyatta last month announced plans to roll out an eight-point Economic Stimulus Programme, to resuscitate the economy from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

• The programme intends to cushion vulnerable groups in informal settlements whose livelihoods were shuttered rendering some families destitute after losing their source of income.

Beatrice Atieno carries young Caroline Anyango during a protest by activists and women working in the informal sector drawn from slum areas outside Supreme Court on June 15, 2020. The women want the government to classify them as a vulnerable group and factor them in the 'stimulus packages' programme.
Beatrice Atieno carries young Caroline Anyango during a protest by activists and women working in the informal sector drawn from slum areas outside Supreme Court on June 15, 2020. The women want the government to classify them as a vulnerable group and factor them in the 'stimulus packages' programme.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

Women living in slums and working in the informal sector held protests on Monday to call for inclusion during distribution of funds from the government's stimulus package.

The women want to be classified under the 'vulnerable group' which is entitled to funds.

President Uhuru Kenyatta last month announced plans to roll out an eight-point Economic Stimulus Programme, to resuscitate the economy from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The programme intends to cushion vulnerable groups in informal settlements whose livelihoods were shuttered rendering some families destitute after losing their source of income.

Activists and women working in the informal sector drawn from slum areas who wash clothes for a living protest in Nairobi CBD on June 15, 2020.
Activists and women working in the informal sector drawn from slum areas who wash clothes for a living protest in Nairobi CBD on June 15, 2020.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU
Waithera Wanjiru, an activist, addresses journalists during a protest by activists and women working in the informal sector drawn from slum areas who wash clothes for a living at Freedom Corner, Nairobi.
Waithera Wanjiru, an activist, addresses journalists during a protest by activists and women working in the informal sector drawn from slum areas who wash clothes for a living at Freedom Corner, Nairobi.
Image: ANDREW KASUKU
Activists and women working in the informal sector drawn from slum areas during a protest outside the Supreme Court.
Activists and women working in the informal sector drawn from slum areas during a protest outside the Supreme Court.
Activists and women working in the informal sector drawn from slum areas during a protest outside the Supreme Court.
Activists and women working in the informal sector drawn from slum areas during a protest outside the Supreme Court.
Activists and women working in the informal sector drawn from slum areas during a protest outside the Supreme Court.
Activists and women working in the informal sector drawn from slum areas during a protest outside the Supreme Court.
Activists and women working in the informal sector drawn from slum areas during a protest outside the Supreme Court.
Activists and women working in the informal sector drawn from slum areas during a protest outside the Supreme Court.
Activists and women working in the informal sector drawn from slum areas during a protest outside the Supreme Court.
Activists and women working in the informal sector drawn from slum areas during a protest outside the Supreme Court.