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”