Public Inquiry into Violations of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Kenya
The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights in 2011 launched a public inquiry into violations of sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) in Kenya. This was following a complaint filed in 2009 by the Federation of Women Lawyers – Kenya and the Centre for Reproductive Rights – USA alleging systematic violation of women’s reproductive health rights in Kenyan health facilities. The Inquiry aimed to establish the extent and nature of violation of sexual and reproductive health rights and recommend appropriate redress measures. The Inquiry brought together stakeholders in the sexual and reproductive health rights subsector to discuss the various human rights violations with regards to sexual and reproductive health. These included members of the public who had experienced or witnessed violation of SRHRs, sexual reproductive health experts, government officials, representatives of civil society organisations working in the health sector, and health care providers. Information was collected using desk research, public hearings, and field interviews. The Inquiry was guided by principles espoused in the human rights based approach framework of UNFPA- creating an enabling policy framework, widening access to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, building awareness, and encouraging involvement.