The song “Nerea” by the boy band Sauti Sol has caused a major firestorm in Kenya because it shames women and stigmatizes abortion. But can something good come out of the dialogue it has provoked?
Esther Kimani and Jedidah Maina are effecting change in local communities and fostering a new generation of activists.
There is “girl power” at the UN this week. While the halls of power are still filled with older men, young women are making their mark here, and beyond.
A Nairobi court finally sentenced three men involved in a shocking rape case that had sparked international outrage.
Kenya’s September 28 campaign took up the slogan, “Stand Up, Speak Out,” and activists hope this is only the beginning of sustained action to end abortion stigma.
In RH Reality Check this week, IWHC President Françoise Girard blogged about the case of a Kenya nurse who was handed a death sentence after he was convicted of causing the death of a young woman following complications from a botched abortion in 2009.
At the International Women’s Health Coalition’s 30th Anniversary, CNN’s Erin Burnett moderated a discussion on progress for women and girls in Africa and Asia with Fadekemi Akinfaderin (Education as a Vaccine, Nigeria), Sheena Hadi (Aahung, Pakistan) and Yvette Kathurima (FEMNET, Kenya).
To mark the 30th anniversary of the International Women’s Health Coalition earlier this month, IWHC hosted a panel discussion with three young women activists to assess the progress we’ve made and address the challenges that lie ahead for women’s rights.
IWHC President Françoise Girard interviewed Dr. John Nyamu, Executive Director of Reproductive Health Services, about his work to expand access to safe abortion services in Kenya.
IWHC President Françoise Girard interviewed Professor Joseph Karanja, Chairman of Reproductive Health Services, about unsafe abortion in Kenya.