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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…

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,…

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…

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,…

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…

My first time: do you remember yours?

by Esther Aoko I got my first period when I was thirteen years old. I remember the previous week my desk mate saying, “Please sit down, I need to tell you something, you have messed up your dress.” At that point my heart was beating so fast as I thought that the day I was…