KENYA – Victory in Landmark Ruling Challenging the Withdrawal of ‘The Standards & Guidelines’

On 12 June 2019, the Center for Reproductive Rights won a landmark case challenging the Kenyan government’s withdrawal of the “Standards and Guidelines for Reducing Morbidity and Mortality from Unsafe Abortion in Kenya” (Standards & Guidelines). The Center filed the case on behalf of an adolescent (JMM)—who died last year after suffering from complications that resulted from an unsafe abortion—as well as the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Kenya and two community human rights advocates. The case … Continued

KENYA – Extent of teen pregnancy high but access to sexuality education, contraception and safe abortion elusive

The subject of teen pregnancy following the school holidays is apparently well known in Kenya. One young woman, with the support of her mother but not the young man she got pregnant with, managed to stay in school and continue her education. But not everyone has that opportunity. In 2016, a study by the Centre for the Study of Adolescence found that each year in Kenya, some 13,000 girls drop out of school due to … Continued

KENYA – How abortion hypocrisy kills women

This commentary opens: “Opposition to abortion is so intense that even where women have the legal right to terminate their pregnancy, it can be extremely difficult to access the services needed to exercise that right. But, worse than that, opponents of abortion tend to ignore the failures that lead women to the point where they seek one in the first place. “From a moral standpoint, there is a strong case to be made for respecting … Continued

KENYA – Demonstration and petition against anti-abortion billboards in Nairobi

On 25 April 2019, a coalition of 11 civil society organizations (FIDA Kenya, Ipas Africa Alliance, KELIN, Network for Adolescent and Youth Africa, Red Tape, Reproductive Health Network Kenya, Right Here Right Now, Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health, Women’s Link Worldwide, Xhale Africa and Bunge la Wamama Mashinani) with the Center for Reproductive Rights and over 500 individuals, under the umbrella Team Life, delivered a petition to Nairobi County Governor, Mike Mbuvi, demanding the … Continued

KENYA – Statement by 12 civil society organisations on abortion stigma in Kenya

We the undersigned 12 civil society organizations want to sound the alarm regarding women and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health services and information, including on abortion.  We are specifically concerned about irresponsible billboards with misleading information on abortion that recently were posted in Nairobi. The messages on the billboards will fuel the stigma that surrounds abortion. Every day seven women and girls die from unsafe abortion in Kenya, yet these deaths are entirely … Continued

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