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The Societal Shame of being Childless in Kenya

The country’s Obstetrical and Gynecological Society says one of the biggest causes of infertility, among five million adults, is sexually transmitted infections. To help childless Kenyans like herself to cope, and learn skills to make a living, Editah Hadassa, in 2017 started the Waiting Wombs Trust. “The first thing we strive to do is to just create a space where you are free to vent, talk about it. We listen without judging. We allow you to cry if you want to.  We say it’s a place where we offer free hugs,” she said. The group has grown from 100 women five years ago to over 10,000.


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