Why She Matters Now
Women and girls have been forced to undergo dangerous alternatives so as to conform with societal norms on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
This can be unsafe abortion, primitive contraceptive choices and not having control over own their bodies.
The time to act is Now
Learn about the difference between safe and unsafe abortion.
Unsafe abortion is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a procedure for 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.
Under the 2010 Kenyan constitution, abortion may be granted to a pregnant woman or girl, when in the opinion of a trained health professional, she needs emergency treatment or her life or health is in danger.
Right to Equality and Non-Discrimination
Restricting abortion results in denying women access to a service that may be necessary for equal enjoyment of the right to health (CEDAW Committee, 1999)
Right to Health
Unsafe abortion has been recognised as a public health concern
Right to Reproductive Self-Determination
Women have a right to determine the number and spacing of one’s children.(Article 14, Maputo Protocol)
“Reproductive freedom is critical to a whole range of issues. If we can’t take charge of this most personal aspect of our lives, we can’t take care of anything. It should not be seen as a privilege or as a benefit, but a fundamental human right.