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

Male engagement in responses to violence against women and girls: A young feminist’s introspection.

by Anne Mugo Anger is feminist currency. When I first read those words from Egyptian feminist writer Mona Eltahawy, I felt seen. It felt to me as an acknowledgement of an emotion that most of us associate with shame, something out of character. In all honesty, anger is just your brain communicating to you that … Continue reading Male engagement in responses to violence against women and girls: A young feminist’s introspection.

On feminist friendship and feminist work: Making Waves member Emma Bell and her evidence reviews

One of the truly wonderful things about being part of an international, intergenerational feminist collective like Making Waves is seeing all the different ways women are bringing their skills, interests, passions and expertise to our movements for the rights of women, girls and gender-diverse people, and to support the transformation of gender power dynamics and … Continue reading On feminist friendship and feminist work: Making Waves member Emma Bell and her evidence reviews

The Sleepy Bus Ride To Work

Understanding how unpaid care work prevents women from thriving. By Esther Aoko, Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocate A Making Waves blog for International Women's Day Every time I would board a bus early in  the morning, I would look around and see women sleeping. At first, I just thought it was normal but then this … Continue reading The Sleepy Bus Ride To Work

New articles in the Special Collection: HIV and Women’s Health – Where are we now?

It's wonderful to see the new Sage Journals Special Collection of articles titled HIV and Women's Health: Where are We Now? The amazing Guest Editors, Bakita Kasadha (@BakitaKK) and Dr Shema Tariq (@savoy__truffle) have put together a great collection of articles, some of which are now available online. We are really pleased to draw special … Continue reading New articles in the Special Collection: HIV and Women’s Health – Where are we now?