country: Kenya


Founded in 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights is the recognized global leader in using legal and human rights strategies to secure every woman’s reproductive autonomy and access to healthcare as fundamental human rights. The Center for Reproductive Rights believes that a woman’s ability to exercise her human rights, as well as her equality and status in society, are directly linked to her enjoyment of reproductive rights—without the ability to make decisions about her health and life, a woman cannot enjoy her right to participate in educational institutions, the workplace, or the political sphere.

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Kenya signed the Maputo Protocol in December, 2003 and ratified in October, 2010.  The Government has also introduced the 30% affirmative action policy for women, youth and persons with disabilities in public procurement. Under this provision, women, youth and persons with disability are given preference for 30% of public procurement tenders thus accelerating achievement of MDG 3 by facilitating ease inaccessing previously male monopolized economic activity space. Under the Constitution of Kenya 2010 the Government is implementing the affirmative action principle unemployment in the Public Sector-where not more than 2/3 of appointive positions should be of the same gender. This

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SOAWR Strongly Condemns the Act of Violence by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero

The Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition (SOAWR), an initiative of 43 organizations working across 23 countries in Africa, strongly condemns the act of violence committed by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero against Nairobi’s Women Parliamentary Representative, the Honourable Rachel Shebesh. A video of the incident that took place on Friday 6th September 2013 has received wide media coverage in Kenya and clearly shows Governor Kidero slapping the Honourable Shebesh at City Hall-Nairobi. Subsequent statements from Governor Kidero and his office indicate that he did not recall the altercation and further claimed that his action was warranted by indecent assault by

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