Praying for Each Other
Women trapped in polygamous marriages
Please pray for women in Kenya and other African nations who are trapped in polygamous marriages and have few resources for them and their children.
Rueter News reports that "most polygamous marriages in Kenya, and other African nations, are fuelling poverty - with husbands neglecting one family over another - leaving thousands of women and children impoverished and easy prey for exploitation.
Almost 1.5 million Kenyans - or 10 percent of the married population - are in a polygamous marriage, according to latest data from the Kenya Population and Housing Census.
But women’s rights groups say this a gross underestimate as most of these marriages are customary and not registered. Worse still, many women are unaware they are even sharing a husband as he may keep them in separate homes without informing them.
'Polygamy is the biggest contributor to poverty as most men who get into it cannot afford it - and it is the women and children who suffer most,' said Teresa Omondi-Adeitan, executive director of the Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya."