Grassroots Activists Reflect on the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25

The Girls’ Globe team met youth advocates and SRHR-leaders at the She Decides Open House in Nairobi. She Decides is a global movement with the vision of a world where every girl and woman can decide what to do with her body, with her life and with her future. Without question. In this video grassroots activists speak about their priorities and reflections of the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25.

This summit is all about young people.

Naisola Likimani, Lead of the She Decides Support Unit talks about how the decisions made at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 are in essence about the lives of young people. Several young activists within the She Decides movement have take the stage at the Summit to highlight their concerns, priorities and optimism for the future.

Yet, young people also have a lot of worries. These include the representation of minorities in conversations and the opportunity to partake in dialogues with decision-makers. There has also been a lot of opposition towards the ICPD25 convening from ultra-conservative actors. This has been visible at a local level and many Kenyan civil society organizations have felt the pressure. Furthermore, Kenyan civil society representatives and local media faced a major accessibility issue on the first day. Where foreigners were allowed in, Kenyan actors were denied entry by security. An issue that was resolved once President Uhuru Kenyatta had left the Convention Center.

“I think something that is coming out very strongly is our understanding of postmodern colonialism. This has been the way things have been conducted and how relations have been in some instances. Not in the Nairobi Summit’s entirety, but there have been such cries from different actors, especially Kenyan civil society actors and young persons,” says Linda Kroeger, Activist and Human Rights Defender Kenya.

See all of the Girls’ Globe coverage of the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 here.

This video was produced by Y Dowedoit for Girls’ Globe with support from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.