Neha Wadekar

Female Genital Cutting Is on the Rise During COVID in Kenya – VICE World News (image)

Female Genital Cutting Is on the Rise During COVID in Kenya – VICE World News

January 28, 2021Articles

COVID-19 is further complicating a global fight to end female genital cutting. Read my work from northern Kenya, with photos by Will Swanson and support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Hologic Panther – ITN (image)

Hologic Panther – ITN

December 1, 2020Videos

The Hologic Panther can help test more blood samples more quickly, allowing HIV positive patients to know their viral loads so they can better manage their conditions.

Podcast Interview – Unconventional Dyad

December 31, 2020

I spoke with hosts Carli and Laura for their podcast, Unconventional Dyad, where psychology and psychoanalysis meets social justice, feminism, politics, climate change, critical theory, graduate student mental health, and the arts.

Women in Kenya Are Using Knitting Needles to End Their Pregnancies. Blame Donald Trump. – Mother Jones (image)

Women in Kenya Are Using Knitting Needles to End Their Pregnancies. Blame Donald Trump. – Mother Jones

October 8, 2020Articles

American politics have long influenced abortion rights abroad, but health care providers in Kenya say no U.S. president has done more damage to their cause than Donald Trump. The Trump administration’s iteration of the Global Gag Rule is exceptionally severe, pulling millions in funding from groups that prevent unsafe abortions and protect women’s health. Meanwhile, local anti-abortion activists are borrowing tactics from American groups like Operation Rescue, designed to shame local abortion providers and the patients they serve. Read my investigation with Mother Jones and Type Investigations.

Mothers, sisters, wives: Kenyan women lead fight against police violence – The New Humanitarian (image)

Mothers, sisters, wives: Kenyan women lead fight against police violence – The New Humanitarian

September 3, 2020Articles

‘When we lose our fear, they lose their power!’ Meet the women fighting back against police brutality in Kenya.

Child Marriage in Kenya – RTE Radio World Report

August 16, 2020Radio

Start listening at 12:23 mins to hear my radio report for IRE Radio World Report with John Burke on the factors contributing to high rates of early child marriage in Kenya, including climate change and COVID19.

The Child Brides of Climate Change – TIME Magazine (image)

The Child Brides of Climate Change – TIME Magazine

August 13, 2020Videos

Video by Vania Turner, produced by Neha Wadekar and Will Swanson. With support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Kenya Is Trying to End Child Marriage. But Climate Change Is Putting More Young Girls at Risk – TIME Magazine (image)

Kenya Is Trying to End Child Marriage. But Climate Change Is Putting More Young Girls at Risk – TIME Magazine

August 13, 2020Articles

In north-east Kenya, climate change is driving up rates of child marriage. I traveled to Marsabit county for TIME Magazine to meet the child brides of this region and tell their stories. Video by the talented Vania Turner and Will Swanson.

Kenya’s Teenage Pregnancy Crisis – RTE Radio World Report

July 19, 2020Radio

Start listening at 14:47 mins to hear my radio report on factors contributing to high rates of teenage pregnancy in Kenya, including COVID19, insufficient funding for reproductive health organizations and lack of sex education in Kenyan schools.

Kenya’s teen pregnancy crisis: More than COVID-19 is to blame – The New Humanitarian (image)

Kenya’s teen pregnancy crisis: More than COVID-19 is to blame – The New Humanitarian

July 13, 2020Articles

‘When you talk about women’s empowerment… it’s going to be affected by what is happening right now.’

Read my latest on the systemic challenges – including lack of funding for reproductive health services and a lack of comprehensive sexuality education in Kenyan schools – contributing to a long history of high teenage pregnancy rates in the country.