Hivos International

Sexual Rights and Diversity

The Transgender Education and Advocacy (TEA) organisation recently obtained official registration by the NGO Coordination board in Kenya, a step towards ensuring they operate legally without fear of intimidation.This journey started when a landmark ruling in 2014 by the High Court of Kenya ordered the NGO Coordination Board to register the group.

Hivos East Africa’s Communications Officer sat down with Audrey Mbugua to understand the transgender movement in Kenya and how the journey has been for them in respect to human rights.

This is the question we sought to answer on 5 July 2017 when we congregated in Nairobi with various stakeholders across sectors during the launch of the colorful workplaces programme. I must say I was quite nervous when we were putting this event together. I wondered how it would be received by different people especially those in the private sector. 

Cervical cancer is a cancer that arise from the cervix. It is due to an abnormal growth of cells that have the ability to invade or spread to other parts of the body (the cervix is the lower, narrow part of the uterus or the womb). Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) which can be passed on through any type of sexual contact.

Hivos joins the rest of the world in commemorating International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, commemorated annually on 23 May 2017. Obstetric fistula is a hole between the vagina and rectum or bladder that is caused by prolonged obstructed labor in the absence of timely and adequate medical care, leaving a woman incontinent (lacking voluntary control) of urine or faeces or both.

 

As we commemorate this year’s International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), I am reminded of the daily struggles and realities that sexual and gender minorities have to deal with.

The recent survey on Kenya’s teens demanding condoms has led me to reflect on societal failures. Let us for one minute shelve the blame game and focus on the adolescent girl and boy, in school and out of school, who is clearly inadequately reached and served with quality sexual reproductive health services, commodities and information. Why? You ask. Well, this is because we have chosen to invest all our energies and resources blaming each other!

The World Health Day commemorated annually on April 7 was this year themed:  Depression: Let’s Talk. For Africa, the theme was highly appropriate highlighting a pervasive problem that is largely shrouded in silence, especially among adolescents, and needs to be urgently brought out into the open to save lives.

During the performance review of the grants allocated by the grant Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Guatemala, Hivos got graded with an A1 grade! This mark was given to our team based on progress report on the implementation of the grant between January–September 2016. This feedback received from the Global Fund, reflects the excellent programmatic performance and financial execution of our projects in Guatemala.

Photographs by Ángel Damián Reyes / Text by Ángel Damián Reyes and Alonso Jiménez

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