Women4Women: Collectively Advancing the Rights, Agency and Choices for Women in Kenya

Exactly one day before the end of this years’ 16 days of activism and on the eve of International Human Rights Day- 10th December, the Kenya Women Medical Association (KWMA), Kenya Women Judges Association (KWJA) with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) established a #Women4Women(W4W) advocacy and accountability platform to undertake strategic interventions to empower right holders and its key duty bearers […]

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“Retract your Statement & Resign!” – Women’s organizations tell Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Chairperson

We the undersigned women’ rights organizations and allies working towards advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment in Kenya and beyond strongly condemn the recent outrageous, regressive and disempowering utterances by the chairperson of Maendeleo Ya Wanawake (MYWO)  Rahab  Mwikali during an interview on 28/10/2017 on national station KTN Kenya that out rightly advocated for […]

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Abortion is a human right not a crime!

By Dinah Musindarwezo, Executive Director of FEMNET– African Women’s Development and Communication Network Contrary to popular belief Abortion is not illegal in Africa; it is either restricted or protected by the law. There isn’t a single country in Africa that denies abortion completely.  In progressive jurisdictions including Mozambique, Tunisia, South Africa and Cape Verde abortion […]

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Feeling the Temperatures on Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights

The controversies that cloud the sexual and reproductive health and rights discussions are deeply intertwined with various perspectives. One would be the reproductive rights debate that is multi dimensional. The debate on reproductive rights has been angled from religious, moral, public health and women’s rights perspectives. As a feminist I like to gravitate towards it […]

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On November 25, 2015, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) will launch the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Along with over 5,478 organizations and other participants from 187 countries and territories, CWGL is calling for an end to gender-based violence and accountability on the part of policymakers and community members […]

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Listen to Dinah Musindarwezo, Executive Director of the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) talking with IWHC‘s Jessie Clyde about the critical role the women’s movement in Africa played in mobilizing and contributing to the formation of the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the 2030 Agenda. “women’s rights organizations felt it was critical […]

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“I think marrying off a child to an old man is not about tradition, religion, culture but purely sexual superiority and power over” Jasmine Jasmine comes from the Mijikenda community in Kenya residing in the Coastal region. She is a beautiful young girl, who is passionate about education. She is attending a local primary school […]

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As I packed my bags to begin a journey that would take me several thousand miles from my hometown in Nairobi to Casablanca, I shuddered at the thought that at the very same moment, a girl not much younger than me would begin a similar journey – an arranged marriage. The marriage would be most […]

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By Otina Kennedy* In many African communities, cultural leaders are increasingly under pressure to remain relevant in light of increasing awareness and advancements on human rights for women and men.  There are many cultural practices that are in direct conflict with some of the national and regional laws, especially those which focus on the rights […]

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