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.


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.

It’s Not Just a Song

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?

Young Feminists Inspiring Others in Kenya

  • July 7, 2015

Esther Kimani and Jedidah Maina are effecting change in local communities and fostering a new generation of activists.

Girls Leading the Charge

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.