Elderly women in Kenya learn martial arts to ward off rapists
By Patricia Uyeh
With rape cases on the increase, elderly women in Nairobi, Kenya are now resorting to martial arts to fight off would be rapists in their slum.
About 20 women including an 85-year-old woman gather weekly for training. 55-year-old Jane has in fact fought off a man who tried to rape her once. According to her, when a rapist attacked her by touching her neck first, she boxed him.
According to the 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, 14 percent of women aged 15-49 have experienced sexual violence in that country.
Older women tend to be more vulnerable as the rapists believe that they are less likely to have the HIV virus. While policemen chase after the criminals after the crime is done, these women shown in the photo are learning karate skills that would help them stave off attackers.