SRHR

Here’s what we could find on the subject.

A Conversation with IPPF: Beyond the Repeal of the Global Gag Rule

The repeal of the Global Gag Rule (GGR) by the new President of the United States led to global celebration. The policy was in place for years, impacting organizations across the world working with essential sexual and reproductive health services. Now that the GGR has

Hiwot, Amref, works against sexual violence in Ethiopia

Sexual Violence During COVID-19: Insights from an Addis Ababa Healthcare Professional

“My name is Hiwot. I’m a clinical pharmacist working at Ghandi Memorial Hospital as a drug information focal person. This is a specialised hospital that focuses on maternal and neonate childcare.

I also volunteer at the hospital’s sexual violence centre where I provide guidance, care and comfort for survivors of rape and sexual assault, along with medical advice.

I currently live with my brother and father because girls and women cannot leave their family household before they marry, even in the capital city. Although most people are stuck at home, I must still go out for work.”

Community Health Drive, Girl Up Initiative Uganda

The Community Health Drive: A COVID-19 Innovation

Local, grassroots organizations have the pleasure of working on-the-ground and communicating directly with those they serve. They ensure that vulnerable populations receive the care, information, and sexual and reproductive health services they need. How can we all (individuals, organizations, and governments) use innovation to adapt

Covid-19 is leaving more girls at risk of FGM and child marriage. (c) Steve Kagia

COVID-19 is Leaving More Girls at Risk of Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage

The global COVID-19 pandemic is taking a particularly heavy toll on girls and young women across Africa.

Unfortunately, in Kenya the COVID-19 crisis has also been accompanied by many natural calamities including a locust invasion, drought and flooding in many parts of the country, meaning that food is scarce.

Nomadic communities like the Samburu have been hit particularly hard. They rely on markets to sell their animals for money to satisfy their basic needs. When markets are closed, as they are currently, they cannot sell. The food crisis is likely to lead to even more girls being married in exchange for food for their families and a semblance of security.

Evalin Karijo Leading Youth Advocacy Movements in the Pandemic

Leading Youth Advocacy Movements in the Wake of COVID-19

Nobody ever prepares you adequately for the long and winding road of leadership. One has to be brave enough to quickly rise to the challenge. For Evalin Karijo, her youth leadership role at Amref Health Africa – especially during this time of the pandemic –

3 Gendered Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic by Gabrielle Rocha Rios for Girls' Globe

3 Gendered Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic

While the full impact of this pandemic cannot be fully articulated yet, evidence from previous global crises indicates that the impacts of disease outbreaks are not gender-neutral.

Crises such as pandemics and natural disasters can exacerbate already existing gender inequalities. Successful efforts to address and mitigate the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic will require considerations of its gendered impacts.

Grassroots activists at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25

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

Why is the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 important?

Nairobi Summit on the International Conference on Population and Development is taking place 25 years after the first conference was held in Cairo in 1994. The Summit gathers civil society, youth activists, UN leaders, ministers and heads of state in the Kenyan capital this week. There are very many aspects as to why this Summit comes at a critical time. We asked grassroots advocates: “why is the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 important to you?” Here’s what they said…

Felogene Anumo and Jade Maina talking about the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25

Why Women March to the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25

“I envision a country, or rather, a continent, where young girls and young women have power to decide on what to do with their bodies and have access to information so that they can make better and good decisions.”
– Ruth Mumbi, Social Justice Defender, Kenya

The Girls’ Globe team, led by Felogene Anumo and Abigail Arunga, spoke to women marching in the lead up to the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25. A common thread in the responses to why they were marching was access to information and services for women and girls – especially those in marginalized communities. Realizing sexual and reproductive health and rights will lead to better decisions about their bodies. Women were marching for women to have full autonomy over their bodies and to put an end to maternal deaths.

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