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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(…)

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 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(…)

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(…)

The Ten Commandments: Nairobi’s Traffic Madness

The Ten Commandments: Nairobi’s Traffic Madness

The Ten Commandments that govern matatu driving are a flexible bunch of rules. The commandments rest on one principle: do not get caught. They are malleable and muddied; easily swayed in the heat of the moment. You make up your bit as you overlap, scream and hoot on the highways of Nairobi. Strict adherence to(…)

Apply for The 2015 Akili Dada Fellowship

Apply for The 2015 Akili Dada Fellowship

Akili Dada is an international award-winning leadership incubator nurturing a generation of young African women from underprivileged backgrounds whose commitment to the undeserved will transform their communities. The Akili Dada Fellowship is an opportunity for young African women to design and implement solutions to the challenges faced by their communities. These one-year fellowships are awarded(…)