More women become single mothers as men abandon family roles

PHOTO | DENISH OCHIENG Ms Angelina Nandwa, Founder of Single Mothers Association of Kenya.

What you need to know:

  • The pan-African study by two Canadian sociologists shows that Kenya has one of the highest levels of children born out of wedlock on the continent.
  • The trend is also likely to cause head-scratching among scholars to determine who is to blame for this phenomenon and why Kenya is faring worse than other countries in Africa.
  • In Kenya, the most affected are women in their late teens and early 20s who are increasingly being left to raise children single-handedly after their male partners flee.
  • Prof Clark argues that single motherhood is responsible for poor outcomes among children.

Six of every 10 Kenyan women are likely to be single mothers by the time they reach 45, one of the highest rates for single-parent families in Africa.


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