Is Having the Right to Give the Father’s Name to Children Born out of Wedlock a Win for Kenyan Women?

Is Having the Right to Give the Father’s Name to Children Born out of Wedlock a Win for Kenyan Women?

The High Court has ruled that children born out of wedlock shall have their father’s name inserted in their birth certificate as a right. Justice Mumbi Ngugi ruled that S12 of the Registration of Births & Deaths Act  – which stated that the father’s consent is a necessity – is unconstitutional and violates Art27 of the constitution. (Read the full decision here). Essentially. a mother, married or(…)

Safe Abortion Should Be Accessible to All Kenyan Women

Safe Abortion Should Be Accessible to All Kenyan Women

Kenya has one of the highest abortion rates in the world at 48 abortions per 1000 women of reproductive age. Nearly 120,000 Kenyan women received post abortion care due to complications arising from unsafe abortions in 2012. An unsafe abortion is a procedure for terminating a pregnancy carried out by persons lacking the required skills(…)

Those Who Have No One To Wipe Their Tears Do Not Cry Part 2

Those Who Have No One To Wipe Their Tears Do Not Cry Part 2

Mama Njeri knew cancer was a death sentence. It had claimed the life of Mama Odhis, her best friend, in less than a year. Her children fell through the cracks shortly after that and became members of the famous ‘Kangeta’ gang. Mama Njeri said a silent prayer for them as she lay on her mattress(…)

Those Who Have No One To Wipe Their Tears Do Not Cry Part 1

Those Who Have No One To Wipe Their Tears Do Not Cry Part 1

Mama Njeri was a fighter. She had survived when her husband, Baba Njeri, left her for another woman. She had survived after a fierce fire razed down all that she owned a few years ago. When her eldest son, Njoro, decided to cave into the muck around her and become a mobster, she took it(…)

KikeTele Presents Kike Talks Edition One on Sex: Consent and Power

KikeTele Presents Kike Talks Edition One on Sex: Consent and Power

KikeTele is a women-centric organization whose goal is to collect, tell and share African women’s stories, particularly Kenyan women, encouraging the formation of a community of women that can instigate change.  This is encapsulated in our motto: Community | Conversation | Change. We are proud to present Kike Talks,  a monthly forum that focuses on(…)

The Sweet Fairy

The Sweet Fairy

We called her M; a short form for a name we never bothered to know. We were young and sugar hungry. She was the beautiful, light skinned lady who satisfied our need for sugar with exotic sweets. I remember the day she moved in like it was yesterday. The heat was unbearable. The open sewer(…)

The Tale of African Women

The Tale of African Women

The value of her worth remains an oblivious maze amplified in her raw mind. Her ideas are often played down, with the world pinpointing her differently. In the lens of a photographer her image is a blur. Modernism is real; it flows with a certain mindset of how her life should be. History does not(…)

The End of The World

The End of The World

On the day the world ended, there was no light flashing across the sky, blinding the eyes of those who had lived to see it. The heavens did not acquire a scarlet red hue. The clouds failed to morph into angels or giants as it had been prophesied by the Most Revered Apostolic Prophet, Wanjala(…)

Women Representatives: Not Inactive, Silenced

Women Representatives: Not Inactive, Silenced

During his visit to Kenya, U.S. President Barack Obama, inspired a new crop of young feminists in Kenya. Obama challenged Kenyans to put the empowerment of women on the top of the development agenda, and warned that failing to do so would only be a roadblock for the nation. While I was initially excited by(…)

An Encounter with Shosh

An Encounter with Shosh

The dust on the winding road is choking. The shrubs and herbs by the roadside have a thick brown layer over them. The sun is harsh; its rays penetrate the white rooftop of the car leaving a sweaty trail in its wake. The folds on the driver’s head are holding beads of sweats tightly as(…)

This is She

This is she: She is beautiful, no doubt about it. She carries a strong laugh, vibrant and infectious. She has a wide smile, lights up those around her. Witty and charming at times, arrogant and rude otherwise. A loving soul, A caring heart, Strong but tender, A shoulder for others, loyal and fierce, a good(…)

Sign the Petition Asking President Kenyatta to Tackle Unsafe Abortion in Kenya

Sign the Petition Asking President Kenyatta to Tackle Unsafe Abortion in Kenya

FIDA (Federation of Women Lawyers) is one of four petitioners at the Nairobi High Court, Constitutional Petition no. 266 of 2015. The petition was filed on Monday 29th June in the matter of an alleged contravention of articles including Article 26 of the constitution. There are three respondents: The Attorney general, The Cabinet Secretary Ministry(…)

Would Have, Should Have, Could Have

Would Have, Should Have, Could Have

We judge her. Look at her with eyes of scorn. She holds her head up high, ignores our whispers. I laugh and make mean comments about her with my friends. And when I get home, I sit and cry. I should have been as strong as she. I should have had confidence. I hold my(…)