Africa

Case of Illegal Detention and Death of Woman at Hospital Heads to High Court of Nigeria

(PRESS RELEASE) A Nigerian hospital illegally detained a woman who could not pay for the maternal health services she received and denied her emergency services later on that led to her death—according to a case filed before the High Court of Nigeria today.  

U.N. Committee: Malawi Should Expand Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, Address Reproductive Rights Violations

(PRESS RELEASE) The government of Malawi should implement laws and policies to expand access to safe and legal abortion, as well as address reproductive rights violations including child marriage and sexual violence, according to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of…

Pressure Mounts for Kenya to Stop Quack “Doctors” Following Rape Arrest

One of Mugo Wairimu’s former patients recalls visiting his clinic for a pelvic exam…

Kenyan High Court: Maternity Hospital Illegally Imprisoned Women, Violated Human Rights

(PRESS RELEASE) The High Court of Kenya has ordered the Ministry of Health to end the discrimination and abuse experienced…

Kenyan “Doctor” Arrested for Raping Female Patient

(PRESS RELEASE) This week Mugo Wairimu, an owner of health clinics posing as a gynecologist, was arrested after multiple Kenyan news outlets reported on a video exposé showing him sedating and later raping a female patient…

U.N. Committee Calls on Uganda to Reform Abortion Laws

(PRESS RELEASE) The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (U.N. CESCR) has called on the Ugandan government to reform and clarify its laws severely restricting abortion services…

Kenyan Women Denied Safe, Legal Abortion Services

(PRESS RELEASE) Kenya’s Ministry of Health is undermining women’s constitutional rights and contributing to cases of maternal death by denying countless women, including rape survivors, access to safe, legal abortion—even under circumstances permitted by the Kenyan constitution—according to…

African Union Commits to Ending Child, Early and Forced Marriage

(PRESS RELEASE) African nations this week pledged to eradicate child and forced marriage in the region at the African Union Summit, according to African Union Goodwill Ambassador to End Child Marriage Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda…

New House Bill Would Prevent Harmful Federal Restrictions That Deny Safe Abortion Services to Millions Worldwide

(PRESS RELEASE) New federal legislation was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prevent future U.S. presidents from imposing a harmful policy barring any organization that receives U.S…

Kenyan High Court: Education Sector Fails to Protect Students from Sexual Abuse

(PRESS RELEASE) The Teachers Service Commission (TSC)—the main teachers union in Kenya tasked with recruiting and employing teachers, and determining disciplinary actions—failed to protect students from sexual assault, according to a recent High Court of Kenya decision…

Our Work in Focus

Reproductive and sexual rights, which are guaranteed in international and regional human rights treaties, mean nothing if they are not recognized and enforced by national-level courts…
On September 17, 2015, the High Court of Kenya issued a groundbreaking judgment in the case of Millicent Awuor (Maimuna) & Margaret Anyoso Oliele v. Attorney General and others, Constitutional Petition No. 562 of 2012…