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Asili Newsletter Quarter 2 April - June 2021

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The Generation Equality Forum held in Paris from 30th June - 2nd July concluded with the announcement of significant commitments to accelerate gender equality by 2026. At the forum, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta outlined Kenya’s commitment framework on ending all forms of GBV and FGM by 2026.

The continued leadership of His Excellency’s government in ensuring the full enjoyment of all human rights by women and girls serves as a guiding light for civil society, international organizations, and the private sector towards addressing issues impacting women’s lives and livelihoods across the country. Ensuring the full enjoyment of zero FGM requires zero tolerance for gender-based violence and all other harmful practices, as well as the gender inequalities that place women at a disadvantage both socially and economically.

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UNFPA Kenya Quarterly Magazine - April - June 2021

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Ensuring access to sexual and reproductive health services even while health systems grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic requires strong partnerships across sectors and organizations. Strengthening development and poverty eradication demands a focus on sexual and reproductive health and women empowerment, while reaching those who are most in need.

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The State of the World's Midwifery 2021

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The State of the World’s Midwifery 2021 builds on previous reports in the SoWMy series and represents an unprecedented effort to document the whole world’s Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Adolescent Health workforce, with a focus on midwives. It calls for urgent investment in midwives to enable them to fulfil their potential.

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Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, Midwives Save Lives

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The aim of these personal stories from midwives and the findings in this report are to stimulate policy discussions and enable evidence-based decision-making at national and subnational levels, and to help countries meet their commitments towards the reduction of preventable maternal death.

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Asili Magazine Quarter 1 2021

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As we mark one year since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Kenya, we are also heralding the arrival of the vaccine, a ray of light amidst the darkness that the pandemic cast on women and girls across the country. It is estimated that two million additional cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) are likely to occur over the next decade globally, due to COVID-19. Even before the pandemic disrupted women and girls protection and empowerment programmes everywhere, Kenya’s target of ending FGM by 2022 was already an ambitious commitment, way ahead of the global goal of 2030. However the year has started with several wins that demonstrate the value of unity in action, funding, and advocacy to end this human rights violation. We must therefore not relent in our march towards being the first country to achieve zero FGM during this global decade of action.

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UNFPA KCO Annual Report 2020

Annual Report

The year 2020 began on a high note for us, bolstered by the hope and promise of the commitments made at the ICPD25 Nairobi Summit in November 2019. The Seventeen Commitments made by Kenya crystallized our focus towards achieving transformative results for women and girls, and other vulnerable constituents of the Kenyan population, as we embarked on collaboration and synergy with the national and county governments, and other partners to ensure their full implementation. 2020 was also the year that ushered in the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. 

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My Body Is My Own

State of World Population Report

We have the inherent right to choose what we do with our body, to ensure its protection and care, to pursue its expression. The quality of our lives depends on it. In fact, our lives themselves depend on it. 

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UNFPA Quarter 1 2021 Newsletter

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From a year of unprecedented challenges and loss, we usher in the new year with hope, embracing the drive to build forward better for all. The pandemic tested us all, but it also revealed the resilience of our human spirit. Covid-19 has forever altered the world we live in; it has unleashed what could be one of the largest health and economic crises of this century, with the end not yet in sight and the longer-term impact unknown. We watched as our frontline healthcare workers, scientists, community volunteers, donors, and development agencies quickly mounted a response to save millions of lives. In 2021, UNFPA will be leveraging the lessons learnt from the pandemic response to accelerate progress in ensuring rights, choices and dignity for the communities we serve. As with any crisis, women and girls bore a disproportionate brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, once again reminding us that the mandate of UNFPA remains vital in ensuring life saving sexual and reproductive health services are maintained, even in a crisis.

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Damu Sasa - Share your love

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On the 14th of February 2021, UNFPA Kenya partnered with the Ministry of Health, Kenya Red Cross Society and Damu Sasa to advance the accessibility and availability of safe blood and blood products through the Valentine's Blood Donor Drive. With the main event at Uhuru Park and other events across 52 donation facilities in the country, many embraced the initiative and donated blood. The main messages of the Valentine’s Day campaign focused on blood donation as an avenue to show love and share life

 

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Action Plan for the Implementation of the ICPD25 commitments

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The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 that was held from 12th to 14th November 2019 was the 25th commemoration of the
landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) that was held in Cairo, Egypt in 1994. At this
conference, the world agreed to implement a progressive Plan of Action (PoA) whose goal was to advance the wellbeing
of populations worldwide. Implementation of the PoA was expected to come to an end in 2014 but as the end date
approached it was apparent that many of the targets set in 1994 would not be achieved and hence the decision to extend
implementation beyond 2014.

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