chapter  12
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Perceptions of Women’s Health and Rights in Christian New Religious Movements in Kenya

Africa is depicted by scholars of religion and history as a continent with a triple religious heritage: namely Islam, Christianity, and African Traditional Religion. Religion is central to her very existence and this is manifested in the way Christianity has been embraced throughout the continent. Besides the traditional forms of Christianity initially established by missionaries, there exist African initiated churches that are a product of the revival within Christianity all over the world. This manifestation of Christian presence in Africa has generated renewal and a proliferation of charismatic ministries that have gained significance all over Africa in the last three decades. The character of this Christianity is Pentecostal or charismatic. These newer religious formations have generated conflicts that have resulted in violence with adverse consequences for women and children.