Partner: Reproductive Health Services

  • November 14, 2013

Established in 1995 by Kenyan health professionals, Reproductive Health Services (RHS) is a clinical service provider that also advocates for sexual and reproductive health and rights and provides training on comprehensive abortion care services. RHS’s expertise and services are in critical need in Kenya, where unsafe abortion is the cause of 35 percent of maternal…

Partner: RESURJ

  • November 14, 2013

RESURJ is an alliance of women ages 20-40 dedicated to upholding the reproductive health and rights agenda adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and to advancing it by engaging strategically with decision-makers globally and regionally and mobilizing other young women advocates. RESURJ grew out of a meeting convened by IWHC at…

Partner: International Centre for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights (INCRESE)

  • November 14, 2013

Based in the city of Minna in central Nigeria, INCRESE advocates for the sexual health and rights of society’s most disenfranchised groups, including youth, sexual minorities, survivors of sexual violence, commercial sex workers, and widowed women living with HIV/AIDS. Through education programs in its outreach center and advocacy throughout the community, INCRESE is promoting an…

Partner: African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)

  • November 14, 2013

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, FEMNET is a pan-African, membership-based organization working to advance women’s rights in five key areas: leadership and governance, economic empowerment, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), women in the media, and institutional strengthening of women’s rights groups. With its SRHR work, FEMNET is working to influence national legal and policy…

Partner: Development Alternatives With Women for a New Era (DAWN)

  • November 14, 2013

Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) was established in 1984 as a network of feminist scholars, researchers and activists working for economic and gender justice and sustainable and democratic development. DAWN provides a forum for feminist research, analysis and advocacy on global issues (economic, social and political) affecting the livelihoods, living standards,…

Partner: Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health (ASTRA)

  • November 14, 2013

The Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASTRA) is a regional network of 31 women’s rights organizations from 20 Central and Eastern Europe countries working to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for women in that region. Since ASTRA’s inception in 1999, the Federation for Women and…

Partner: Centro Feminista de Estudos e Assessoria (CFEMEA)

  • November 12, 2013

The Centro Feminista de Estudos e Assessoria (CFEMEA, or “Center for Feminist Studies and Advisory Services”) was created in 1989 to monitor the implementation of women’s rights and gender equality as defined in the 1988 Brazilian federal constitution. The organization monitors legislation and tracks government budgets, educates lawmakers about issues impacting women, advocates for progressive…

Partner: Action Health Incorporated (AHI)

  • November 12, 2013

Founded in Lagos in 1989 and supported by IWHC since 1990, Action Health Incorporated (AHI) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents in Nigeria. Over the last 24 years, AHI has advanced efforts within private and public sector programs to include comprehensive, gender-sensitive, life skills and rights-based approaches to sexuality education and clinical services for young people.

During this period, AHI has developed model programs that have been adopted and expanded by government and other civil society organizations.

Partner: Association pour la Promotion de l’Autonomie et des Droits de la Jeune Fille/Femme (APAD)

  • November 12, 2013

Early and forced marriage is illegal in Cameroon, but economic and social factors allow the tradition to continue. Approximately 36 percent of girls under 18 are married — often against their will. In the extreme north region of the country, the figure jumps to nearly 80 percent.

APAD has trained more than 150 survivors of early and forced marriage to speak out against this practice. In addition, 17 influential traditional leaders have been trained to convince parents of young girls to refrain from marrying them off and insist they remain in school.

Partner: Education as a Vaccine (EVA)

  • November 12, 2013

Established in 2000, Education as a Vaccine (EVA) is working to improve the health and quality of life of adolescents and young people in Nigeria. EVA’s programming priorities are sexual and reproductive health, basic education and child health, and HIV/AIDS prevention education. IWHC supports EVA’s work to ensure that young people’s health needs, including sexual…

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Dr. John Nyamu Talks About Access to Abortion in Kenya

  • May 20, 2014

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.

Prof. Joseph Karanja Talks About Unsafe Abortion in Kenya

  • May 20, 2014

IWHC President Françoise Girard interviewed Professor Joseph Karanja, Chairman of Reproductive Health Services, about unsafe abortion in Kenya.

Working for the Promise of Safe Abortion Services in Kenya

The implementation of the 2010 Constitution in Kenya should have made it possible for all women in need of an abortion to attain one legally and safely through the public health system. But that hasn't been the case so far. Meet two doctors who are working to make safe abortion accessible to all Kenyan women.