Women and Girls: The Voices that matter

Posted on October 16, 2021October 18, 2021Categories Uncategorized   Leave a comment on Women and Girls: The Voices that matter

Walking the dirt roads of my village in Kakamega subcounty, Kakamega County you will encounter at least five women making French fries or what is commonly referred to as ‘chipo mwitu’ and other local delicacies for sale using sawdust jikos by the roadside. These locally manufactured jikos use a maximum of three pieces of firewood to burn at any given moment as compared to the charcoal jikos or the three cooking stones that entirely used firewood.   These women in … Continue reading “Women and Girls: The Voices that matter”

Right to Bodily Autonomy for All Women Including Sex Workers.

Posted on October 3, 2021October 3, 2021Categories Uncategorized   Leave a comment on Right to Bodily Autonomy for All Women Including Sex Workers.

Respecting the Right to Bodily Autonomy for All Women Including Commercial Sex Workers. 26th and 28th September marked the World Contraceptives Day and International Safe Abortion Day respectively. What these two important days in the reproductive rights world have in common is that they perpetuate the right to bodily autonomy. Women have a right to control their own bodies and make their own reproductive choices. Decisions to become pregnant, donate an egg, terminate, or avoid a pregnancy all fall within … Continue reading “Right to Bodily Autonomy for All Women Including Sex Workers.”

Consent: Never a defense for sexual violence against minors

Posted on September 19, 2021September 19, 2021Categories Uncategorized 1 Comment on Consent: Never a defense for sexual violence against minors

Consent can never be a defense for sexual violence against minors In many cases of sexual gender-based violence, while the criminal justice system is the appropriate way to deal with perpetrators, some parties tend to settle the matters out of court. In some instances, perpetrators marry their victims after getting consent from the victim, her parents or both. This is even though a child- that is, anyone below 18 years under Kenyan law is incapable of giving consent. A few … Continue reading “Consent: Never a defense for sexual violence against minors”

COVID 19 and GBV; A reasonable Cause or a Sorry Justification

Posted on September 4, 2021September 4, 2021Categories Uncategorized 1 Comment on COVID 19 and GBV; A reasonable Cause or a Sorry Justification

COVID 19 and Gender-based violence; A reasonable Cause or a Sorry Justification When the COVID 19 pandemic broke out, it was soon accompanied by a spike in the number of gender-based violence (GBV) cases. This relationship between the two was attributed to several factors including job losses and the tension that arises when a couple spends too much idle time together. However, the pandemic is well into its second year and more and more women are suffering under the oppressive … Continue reading “COVID 19 and GBV; A reasonable Cause or a Sorry Justification”

Menstrual Hygiene.

Posted on July 15, 2021July 15, 2021Categories Uncategorized   Leave a comment on Menstrual Hygiene.

Menstrual Hygiene Day has been celebrated on 28th May of every year since 2014. This year’s theme is ‘We need to step up action and investment in menstrual health and hygiene now!’  In 2020, the Ministry of Health in Kenya launched The Kenya Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Policy (2019-2030). The launch marked a milestone in the country’s progress towards universal access to improved sanitation and hygiene and a clean and healthy environment. The mission of the policy is to ensure that all women and … Continue reading “Menstrual Hygiene.”

Access To Contraception: A Key Component to Realization of Reproductive Rights.

Posted on July 15, 2021July 15, 2021Categories Uncategorized 1 Comment on Access To Contraception: A Key Component to Realization of Reproductive Rights.

In October 2020, my graduate school program director, Professor Morrison, shared with me an article she had come across in the Washington Post. It was the story of baby Blessing. A new-born who had been rescued from a dumpsite in Kibera in the dead of the night where her mother had dumped her.   As I read the article, my mind swarm with several theories of what could have driven Blessing’s biological mother to give her up. It was obvious … Continue reading “Access To Contraception: A Key Component to Realization of Reproductive Rights.”

Need to Take a Survivor-Centered Approach in SGBV Response Services

Posted on May 22, 2021May 22, 2021Categories Uncategorized   Leave a comment on Need to Take a Survivor-Centered Approach in SGBV Response Services

I recently received a call from a distressed acquaintance whom we shall call Flo. Flo called seeking assistance for her 3-year-old daughter who is a victim of sexual gender-based violence (SGBV). Through the course of our conversation, she explained the myriad of challenges she had experienced – from seeking medical assistance to getting her statement recorded at the police station. Things that should have been routine and treated with urgency took her two trips between the medical centre and the … Continue reading “Need to Take a Survivor-Centered Approach in SGBV Response Services”

Reproductive Health: The Forgotten Essential Service

Posted on May 8, 2021May 12, 2021Categories Articles   Leave a comment on Reproductive Health: The Forgotten Essential Service

Published: July 11, 2020 The Coronavirus pandemic continues to hold countries at ransom with seemingly no end in sight. In Kenya, the continued state of lockdown and curfew, means that not only are businesses slowly crumbling but so is the medical industry. Hospitals are recording low numbers of walk in patients, let alone admissions. This could be because of the directive by the Ministry of Health for individuals to only visit hospitals when it is extremely necessary. It could also … Continue reading “Reproductive Health: The Forgotten Essential Service”

Realities of Free Maternity Care for Underprivileged Women

Posted on May 2, 2021May 2, 2021Categories Articles   Leave a comment on Realities of Free Maternity Care for Underprivileged Women

I was seated in my office immersed on a pile of papers when Mary (not her real name) walked in. From her face you could tell that she was tired though happy. I immediately offered her a seat and once she had gracefully taken a seat we exchanged pleasantries. It was a pleasant surprise to see her soon and even more to see her with a baby. Mary had been to my office a few days prior and was heavily … Continue reading “Realities of Free Maternity Care for Underprivileged Women”

Adolescent Friendly Reproductive Health, The Answer To Reducing Teenage Pregnancies.

Posted on May 1, 2021May 6, 2021Categories Articles   Leave a comment on Adolescent Friendly Reproductive Health, The Answer To Reducing Teenage Pregnancies.

About two months ago, the high rate of teenage pregnancies made news headlines in the country. Expectedly, a national debate has ensued about who is to blame for the problem and what the possible solutions are. The blame has been placed on lowered moral standard within the society, poor parenting, “western entertainment” and a lack of reproductive health education amongst adolescents. The way the debates and discussions are being conducted would make one think that this is a new problem … Continue reading “Adolescent Friendly Reproductive Health, The Answer To Reducing Teenage Pregnancies.”