Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH), located on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, is a feminist organization that aims to promote health, wellness, equitable relationships, healthy households, and community action. It seeks to enhance the positive links between health and cultural knowledge, practices, beliefs, and artistic expression. TICAH evolved from an organization focused on alternative therapies and empowerment for HIV-positive women to one that promotes sexual and reproductive health more comprehensively. Its staff articulates that their vision is fundamentally about choice, whether that be choosing whether or not to continue a pregnancy or choosing a medical treatment.

Mission

TICAH's aim is to promote health, with a focus on good relationships, healthy households, and community action.

Impact

As a result of its community-level work, TICAH understands firsthand the needs of young people, especially adolescent girls. In particular, the organization has a strong understanding of Kenya’s widespread sexual violence. Through its women's support groups, it reports that the majority of participants disclose that their first sexual experience was rape. Moreover, TICAH has learned that girls are afraid to seem knowledgeable about their sexuality and health and will rarely negotiate boundaries or protection. This silence, fear, and shame contribute to sexual violence, unhealthy relationships, and uninformed decision-making by young women.

TICAH addresses these challenges through its Ask Aunty Jane helpline, which provides referrals so women and girls can get safe abortions. The organization also conducts comprehensive sexuality education for in-school and out-of-school girls. Additionally, they train and conduct research on women’s rights and influence national policy and programs on sexuality education and safe abortion.

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