by Anne Mugo In late February, Kenya’s supreme court ruled in favour of a long-running legal battle to uphold its citizens' right to association, in a decisive supreme court ruling that affirmed that LGBTQ+ Kenyans had as much right as anyone else to register an association. This was a much welcomed ruling, and one that … Continue reading The proposed Family Protection Bill is the latest in a string of a well-orchestrated plan to manufacture moral panic against LGBTQ+ Kenyans.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE KENYAN SEX FOR TEA CASE?
by Esther Aoko Ever wondered what happened after the sex for work in Kenyan tea plantations documentary by BBC Africa was aired …did the managers get fired, and did the women get justice? Last month, BBC Panorama and BBC Africa Eye aired a very heartbreaking investigative documentary that was dubbed, Sex for Tea which exposed … Continue reading WHAT HAPPENED TO THE KENYAN SEX FOR TEA CASE?
Responding to violence or just failing women?
In the week of #IWD2023, this post is about a current and ongoing emergency situation of violence against women and girls (VAWG). This situation is taking place in a particular country, but many of the issues it raises are common to VAWG response efforts elsewhere. Indeed, members of the Making Waves network all have stories … Continue reading Responding to violence or just failing women?
Gender Wednesdays: a regular time to build our connections
by Fiona Hale As a small intergenerational international collective, the strength of Making Waves is in the connections we build between us. We are called ‘Making Waves’ because the group came out of the making of The Whave podcast – Women living with HIV, Advocates, Voices, Empowered. This Salamander Trust series took the form of … Continue reading Gender Wednesdays: a regular time to build our connections
Hope Made a Way launches today!
Lucy Wanjiku Njenga's memoir Hope Made a Way, launches today! Lucy writes, 'I have left nothing unsaid as I narrate how my childhood was, how my crazy teens felt like and just when I thought it could not get worse, I dealt with the biggest loss of my life. The story will move you, will … Continue reading Hope Made a Way launches today!
Age of consent should not be a barrier to access to services
by Esther Aoko Should access to sexual and reproductive health services be dependent on the age of consent? In Kenya we are currently living in interesting times where different actors are using the loopholes in our laws and policies to either try to lower or raise the age of consent for sex in a bid … Continue reading Age of consent should not be a barrier to access to services
ARE THE SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS OF WOMEN LIVING WITH HIV STILL CONFINED BY COVID-19? AN ANALYSIS OF THEN & NOW
Are the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Women Living with HIV Still Confined by Covid-19? is a report by ITPC, Salamander Trust, Making Waves, South Sudan Young Positives, GALZ, Positive Young Women Voices, and the Ssozi Foundation. It provides an update about the SRHR issues still facing women living with HIV in Zimbabwe, Uganda, … Continue reading ARE THE SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS OF WOMEN LIVING WITH HIV STILL CONFINED BY COVID-19? AN ANALYSIS OF THEN & NOW
Gender Waves in the 2022 General Election: the slow but steady rise of women in Kenya’s political landscape
by Anne Mugo On the 9th of August 2022, Kenyans went to the polls in perhaps what could be described as our most peaceful, progressive, transparent and mundane general elections yet. Our elections are often complicated, laced with ethnic undertones, sporadic incidences of violence, chaos, voter bribery and rigging and all the other things that … Continue reading Gender Waves in the 2022 General Election: the slow but steady rise of women in Kenya’s political landscape
Kenya’s new National Reproductive Health Policy 2022-2032
by Esther Aoko Background to this article: Kenya’s recently launched ten-year National Reproductive Health Policy 2022-2023 has been the focus of criticism by civil society organisations, human rights organisations, and professional bodies such as the Kenya Obstetrical Gynaecological Society (KOGS). After months of repeated requests for meaningful engagement in the policy development and review process, … Continue reading Kenya’s new National Reproductive Health Policy 2022-2032
Making Waves at AIDS2022
A number of Making Waves members are taking part in AIDS2022 this week in Montreal. Watch our Twitter feed for updates and retweets from 4M, Salamander Trust, the Ssozi Foundation, Positive Young Women Voices, Lucy Wanjiku, Joyce Ouma, Jacquelyne Alesi and our many sisters from other networks and organisations. Over the past years, some of … Continue reading Making Waves at AIDS2022