Post 2015 Processes – Opportunity for Kenyan Women?

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By Felogene Anumo

The High Level Panel recently presented to the UN Secretary General a report with recommendations of what they envisage for the Post 2015 framework.

The next stage of handing over the process to the UN Open Working Group and Member States leading up to the September Special Session on the MDGs requires vigilance and active engagement. Civil society organizations need to galvanize people to sign on and own this framework to ensure that the text does not get watered down. Women especially stand a lot to gain including especially with the inclusion of a stand-alone gender goal as well as disaggregated indicators in other goals. Eliminating violence against women and ending child marriage are included as indicators and the panel has gone beyond previous commitments to recommend universal access to contraception and sexual and reproductive health rights.

Kenya is a Co-chair to the Intergovernmental UN Open Working…

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Keep Girls in School: No Tax on Sanitary Towels

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By  Felogene Anumo

As the prices of items start to go up this week with the VAT Act 2013 taking effect, we would like to commend the move by Parliament and the National Treasury to maintain sanitary towels on the VAT tax-exemption list. Notably, sanitary towels are not luxury items and as such, any tax levied on the products not only claws back on the gains that the country has made in promoting girl child education, but also risks negating the achievement of Millennium Development Goals 2 and 3: (Achieving universal primary education and promoting gender equality and empowering women) and the realization of Kenya Vision 2030.

Education provides life-changing opportunities for many girls and women. Menstruation is the most contributing factor to school absenteeism and poor academic performance among schoolgirls.  Recently, a local Kenyan TV station registered shock waves across the country when they aired a feature: “Period…

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A World Where Every Pregnancy Is Wanted

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By Felogene Anumo

Unsafe abortion is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a process of terminating pregnancy, carried out either by persons lacking the necessary skills or in an environment that does not conform to minimal medical standards, or both[1]. Evidently, this poses a serious threat to the sexual and reproductive health and lives of women as presented in the recent key findings of a National Study on the Incidence and Complications of Unsafe Abortion in Kenyaled by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and the Ministry of Health, Kenya.

Unsafe abortion continues to be a persistent public health challenge that contributes to 13% of maternal deaths globally and a myriad of short and long term health complications among women in their reproductive age. The largest proportion and highest rate of unsafe abortions currently occurs in Africa. The incidence of unsafe abortions in…

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