KENYA: CONFERENCE SPEECH – Women should be allowed to have an abortion if they want one

In a speech at the 9th Africa Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in February 2020, Nairobi County Women’s Representative Esther Passaris said women should be allowed to have an abortion if they want it, should not have children they can’t take care of. She expressed concern over women living in the slums who use abortion instead of family planning methods, resulting to inevitable deaths, and high rates of inhumane disposal of innocent infants. … Continued

KENYA – The extended role of health facility cleaners in maternity care in Kenya

A growing body of evidence indicates that non-clinical health care facility staff provide support beyond their traditional roles, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. It is important to examine the role of health facility cleaners in Kenya – from their perspective – to better understand their actual and perceived responsibilities in maternity care.

KENYA – Criminalizing Adolescence: A Call to Reform the Sexual Offences Act in Kenya

A joint publication of the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Federation of Women Lawyers, Kenya. Conceptualized by Evelyne Opondo, Senior Regional Director for Africa, and Lucy Minayo, Capacity Building Manager, CRR Africa. The Sexual Offences Act (SOA) does not make any distinction between sex between adolescent minors and sexual acts between adolescent minors and adults — all of which are classified and/or have been interpreted as criminal offences. The SOA also does not make … Continued

KENYA: THE FIRST DAY OF ICPD+25

“Dumped babies are just the tip of the iceberg”: the consequences of curbing reproductive rights It’s a hot mid-August morning, and Lydia Wambui’s bright green overalls are soaked. She’s standing knee-deep in Nairobi River, using a metal rod to catch rubbish lazily flowing down its murky waters. “Sewage, bottle-tops, needles – people chuck everything in here,” she says. “We also keep finding babies.” Two months earlier, the 37-year-old volunteer spotted a blue plastic bag amongst … Continued

KENYA – Reproductive Health Network Kenya: Community dialogue

Young women, girls, gatekeepers and representatives from different organisations and the government have joined us at the Chief’s camp in Gita, Kisumu County, to commemorate International Safe Abortion Day, 28 September 2019. This is part of an ongoing community dialogue on standards and guidelines on safe abortion as we join the rest of the world in marking the day. Source: Reproductive Health Network Kenya, @rhnkorg

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