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Kenya

  • By: Edith G. Wafula
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

The republic of Kenya, the 47th largest country in the world, is located in east Africa and shares borders with Tanzania, Uganda, Somali, and Ethiopia, with Nairobi as the capital city. As of 2006, Kenya's population was 36.5 million. Swahili and English are the country's national and official languages. There are approximately 40 ethnic groups in Kenya; the largest of which are the Kikuyu, Luo, and Luhya. Kenya is 582,646 square kilometers in area and lies on the equator.

Motherhood is important to Kenyan women, who are considered the backbone of families and the primary caretakers of children, elderly parents, and male spouses. In 2006, the number of children born per mother, also known as total fertility rate (TFR), was 5. This rate is important because ...

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