Marathon to Gender Equality explains how women in Kenya's Iten, home to many of the best long distance runners in the world, are changing the socioeconomic landscape in their region through athletics. Traditional roles for a macho country like Kenya are reversing thanks to the sport of running. Social shifts are being seen at home as an increasingly number of men are taking care of the children and cooking to allow their wives the much needed time to train and to rest, in order to perform well at the races and hopefully bring home the prize money. Also, during their travels to competitions abroad, mainly to developed countries, women runners are witnessing the role their counterparts have in society, which they would later try to import back home.

The story shows how women in the region have been gaining confidence thanks to their victories, be it from the way they dress to the way they invest their money – something they can now decide for themselves.

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Project information

  • Locations
    Iten - Kenya
  • Duration
    4 months
  • Release date
    March 2014
  • Budget
    € 18740
  • Round