Kenya

Published 8/25/2016 | Updated 10/31/2016

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Kenya is a political and economic hub in Sub Saharan Africa. Despite strong economic development, many Kenyans live in poverty, especially in rural areas. Access to safe abortions is limited and LGBT people face stigma and discrimination. Maternal mortality rates are high and access to sexual and reproductive health care/service is limited. RFSU works with five organisations in Kenya.

Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK) provides sexual and reproductive health services in most parts of Kenya. In the project supported by RFSU, FHOK focus on the Nakuru and Eldoret regions. FHOK is advocating for policy makers to prioritise sexual and reproductive rights, and build teachers’ and parents’ (or other primary care givers) capacity to talk with adolescents about issues concerning sexuality and reproduction. There will also be a special focus on supporting LGBT sexual and reproductive rights.

Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) is an organisation using media to promote a gender responsive society. Within the cooperation with RFSU the focus is to increase the knowledge about sexual and reproductive health and rights among young persons in Kibera and Korogocho. AMWIK produce together with young people media shows that touch upon issues of sexuality and reproduction.

Centre for the Study of Adolescence (CSA). RFSU supports CSA’s work in the Bungoma County*. The focus is to increase young people’s knowledge about their sexual and reproductive health and rights and increase their access to sexual and reproductive health services. CSA works with existing health care providers to sensitise them on the need to be youth friendly. The organisation also works with teachers in order to improve their capacity to speak with young people about sexuality and reproduction.

African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) is a regional organisation working to strengthen “African women’s collective leadership for equality, peace and sustainable development”. The project with RFSU will focus on establishing a dialogue with local women’s leaders, cultural leaders and religious leaders. Issues of how cultural and religious norms and practices, such as female genital mutilation, affect women’s sexual and reproductive rights will be at the centre of the dialogue.

In 2015, RFSU started collaboration with Q-initiative, an LGBT organisation in Western Kenya. Q-initiative functions as a network and meeting point for LGBT people in their local communities. Through RFSU’s collaboration, Q-initiative’s capacity will be strengthened to support the LGBT community and respond to their sexual and reproductive health needs.

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