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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(…)

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(…)

Me and Mine: A Mother And Daughter Converse

Me and Mine: A Mother And Daughter Converse

“Sit up straight Stop chewing like a goat Walk like a lady with a purpose…” My dearest daughter, how often have I longed to say these words to you? How often have I longed to teach you and train you in the ways of womanhood? I have not even held you let alone picked a(…)

My Dress My Choice Protest in Pictures

My Dress My Choice Protest in Pictures

Hashtag activism has been faulted for never going beyond the internet. We joined women and men that came out in their droves to protest against the stripping of a woman by Embassava touts. This protest grew out of the hashtag #MyDressMyChoice. Protestors brought the Nairobi CBD to a standstill. We marched from Uhuru Park to(…)

My Dress My Choice: Kenyans React To The Stripping of a Woman

My Dress My Choice: Kenyans React To The Stripping of a Woman

The stripping of a woman by Embassava touts in Nairobi has caused sharp reactions. This is not the first time that a woman has been stripped especially by touts in Kenya. However, what was different this time was that the incident was caught on camera by a passerby who uploaded it online. The video is(…)

A tale of women

A tale of women

I know nothing of freak shows. I was not there. I was not at the shows where Saartjie Baartman was something to gawk at, to point at, prodded and studied and degraded, a sex object, less than human. I was not present as she was displayed, naked, made to dance naked for entertainment of the(…)