IWHC works in Kenya to ensure that adolescent girls, especially poor and marginalized girls, get the basic services and support they need to become healthy and empowered women.

We also partner with advocates who are leading efforts to ensure women have access to safe, legal, and comprehensive abortion services.


Monica Oguttu: A Champion for Women’s Rights in Kenya

  • May 15, 2018

Monica Oguttu, the 2018 recipient of the Joan B. Dunlop Award, leads the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET), an IWHC grantee partner organization that provides comprehensive reproductive health services, and advocates for the rights of women and girls in Kenya.

Countering Fake News on Trump’s Global Gag Rule

IWHC's findings on the effects of the policy, which are grounded in the experiences and expertise of our partners, differ dramatically from the conclusions reached by the US State Department in its 6-month review.

IWHC to Honor UN Human Rights Chief and Kenyan Health Activist

  • February 21, 2018

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, and veteran Kenyan women’s health advocate Monica Oguttu, will be honored by IWHC for their leadership to defend and advance the human rights of women and girls.

Taking the Pulse of Trump’s Deadly Global Gag Rule

IWHC recently launched a new research project to study the impacts of the Trump Administration's "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance" policy in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Based on the early findings of this project, IWHC submitted comments to the US government and participated in a six-month review on Capitol Hill.

Taking the Pulse of the Expanded Mexico City Policy

  • November 1, 2017

IWHC, together with Human Rights Watch and the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), hosted a webinar on the early impacts of the Global Gag Rule, which withholds US foreign aid from groups that provide abortion information, services or referrals. The webinar is based on findings presented at a Congressional briefing in October, six months after the Trump Administration rolled out the policy.

The Pleasure Principle

In the words of Janet Jackson, circa 1986, “It’s the pleasure principle!” Yet, those of us working to advance the sexual and reproductive rights of adolescent girls often forget this and are reluctant to talk about pleasure.

Mapping Change for Girls, One Post-It Note at a Time

Many governments refuse to provide comprehensive sexuality education to young people, leaving a void of information about sexual and reproductive health and rights. Local organizations like TICAH are working to fill that void.

Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH)

  • June 22, 2016

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

Helping Young Women and Girls Thrive in Kenya’s Kisumu County

  • January 7, 2016

Southwestern Kenya has the worst statistics in the country with respect to teen pregnancies and STIs amongst girls, and high rates of maternal mortality, and unsafe abortions. Monica Oguttu talks about what her organization, KMET, is doing to help adolescent girls and young women be healthy and thrive.

A Force for Change in Kenya

Meet Monica Oguttu, a strong advocate and leader who is making significant advances for girls' and women's health and rights in Kenya.