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

ICPD+25 NEWS

1. POLAND: STOP PRESS Please sign the petition by Polish Women’s Strike opposing the presence of Polish religious extremists at the ICPD25 Summit in Nairobi We, Polish women, who have been fighting in the black protests in 150 cities in Poland against the religious fundamentalist’s total ban on abortion in 2016 and 2018, urge you not to trust those who approach you with “Christian values” or “family rights”. We want you to know that the foundation Ordo … Continued

ICPD+25 NAIROBI – International Campaign Panel, 13 November 2019

ICPD+25 is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, on 12-13-14 November 2019. Two of the Campaign coordination team will be representing us there: Shilpa Shroff and Christina Boateng. We invite you to our panel, one of only two NGO panels on abortion: Universal Access to Safe Abortion: Leaving No One Behind Date/Time: Wednesday, 13 November 13:00-14:30 The ICPD Programme of Action acknowledged morbidity and mortality from unsafe abortion as a serious public health problem. This panel will … Continued

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