Memorandum on the Senate Reproductive Health Care Bill- 2019

We the organizations listed herein, Federation of Women Kenya-Lawyers (FIDA-Kenya); the Centre for Reproductive Rights (CRR); The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET); Forum for African Women Educationist –Kenya (FAWE); Network for Adolescent and Youth of Africa (NAYA); KELIN; the CRADLE;; Family Health Option-Kenya (FHOK); Centre for the Study of Adolescence (CSA); the CRADLE, Centre for Citizens Empowerment Programme; African Women’s Development and Communication Network; IPAS; Marie Stopes Kenya, Kenya Medical Association; Kenya Medical Women’s Association; 100 Million Campaign, the Kenya Adolescent and Sexual and Youth Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights (KAYSRH) and Intersex Persons Society of Kenya came together on the 9th, March 2020 at the Intercontinental Hotel to submit proposed amendments and develop a joint memorandum on the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, 2019.

We are grateful for the opportunity to submit our proposals on the draft Reproductive Health Bill to this Committee. We have a common interest on the promotion and protection of reproductive and sexual health rights. We also have a wide geographical coverage as we work in various counties. At both National and County level we advocate for reproductive and sexual health rights of various special interest groups including women, girls, youth, intersex persons, persons with disabilities, marginalized persons, and the very poor in our society amongst others. We commend Hon. Senator Susan Kihika for the great step she has taken by introducing the much needed National Legislation on Reproductive Health. The same is long overdue, and its absence has continued to inhibit the full enjoyment of sexual and reproductive health rights of the special interest groups mentioned above.

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