Africa

Kenya

Reproductive Rights Violations—Torture By Any Other Name

A woman living with HIV in Chile is forcibly sterilized while unconscious and undergoing a cesarean delivery…

Radical Disregard for Life: The Criminalization of Abortion and the Death of a Young Girl in Kenya

Beatrice Wajiku was not a typical 14-year-old.  Like most young girls, she enjoyed playing in the neighborhood and sharing secrets with friends.  But unlike most teenagers she was the primary breadwinner for a family that had been wholly devastated by unbelievable poverty, crime, and…

Human Rights Council Adopts Groundbreaking Resolution on Maternal Mortality

For the third year running, the UN's Human Rights Council has focused its attention on the global problem of preventable maternal mortality and morbidity. A ground-breaking resolution was adopted yesterday, in which States reaffirm their commitment to addressing the root causes of preventable maternal deaths and disability…

Kenya Launches Groundbreaking Inquiry into Reproductive Rights Violations

On June 6, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights launched a pioneering inquiry into human rights violations that occur when women seek reproductive healthcare…

The Gains of the New Constitution: Stronger Protections for the Lives and Health of Women in Kenya

Kenya’s new constitution demonstrates several gains for the women of Kenya, including stronger protections for their health and lives…

Mother Jones: Chris Smith's African Abortion Adventure

"Most members of Congress spent last week's recess back in their districts, talking to their constituents and getting a sense of what Americans want their elected officials to be doing back in Washington…

CEDAW Committee Reviews Kenya

In January, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) issued strong recommendations on steps the Kenyan government needs to take to improve the reproductive rights of women and girls in Kenya.  The Committee’s statements echoed many of…

Center’s shadow letter to the CEDAW Committee on Kenya

In December 2010, the Center submitted a shadow letter to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) on the situation of reproductive rights of women and adolescents in Kenya. Kenya reported to the CEDAW Committee during its 48th session in January 2011…

Concluding Observations from the CEDAW Committee on Kenya

In December, the Center submitted a shadow letter to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) highlighting the situation of women and adolescents’ sexual and reproductive rights in Kenya.  The Committee issued concluding observations to Kenya that…

Center for Reproductive Rights Opens New Regional Office in Kenya

(PRESS RELEASE) Today, the Center for Reproductive Rights announced the opening of its new Africa regional office in Nairobi, Kenya. As an international legal advocacy organization, the Center has worked for over a decade…