Ekklesia Foundation for Gender Education presents 2018 Public Lectures on:
Understanding Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights for Women and Men in the Context of Religious and Faith Community
Date: December 20th, 2018, from 8.00am to 5.00pm East Africa Time
Venue: St. Michael’s & All Angels Cathedral, Bondo – Kenya.
To participate, please Register here
There is a shocking reality of the increasing rate at which underage school girls are becoming pregnant. Studies also indicate that Siaya County in Kenya is currently leading with new HIV/AIDS infections. In Kenya, it is approximated that 7 women/girls procure illegal/unsafe abortions every day.
A series of international agreements affirmed that national development and global health depend on fostering the full capacity of all citizens. Essential to this is the empowerment of women and men especially in sexual and reproductive health matters. However, in some religious context around the world, faith community with its belief systems has been identified as a force that at times hinders full realization of the same.
That is why, Ekklesia Foundation for Gender Education is hosting this important event for faith leaders together with gender experts, health practitioners, among others for deliberate conversations over the matter in the rising cases of wide misunderstanding on matters of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights for Women and Men
Why Sexual and Reproductive Health Matter
In the recent times internationally, sexual and reproductive health rights is recognized as inalienable, integral and indivisible parts of universal human rights. Sexual and reproductive health rights are also a cornerstone of development. Attaining the goals of sustainable, equitable development requires that people are able to exercise control over their sexual and reproductive lives.
The most important sexual and reproductive health rights include:
- Reproductive and sexual health as a component of overall health, throughout the lifecycle, for both men and women;
- Reproductive decision-making, including voluntary choice in marriage, family formation and determination of the number, timing and spacing of one’s children; and the right to have access to the information and means needed to exercise voluntary choice;
- Equality and equity for men and women, to enable individuals to make free and informed choices in all spheres of life.
- Sexual and reproductive security, including freedom from sexual violence and coercion, and the right to privacy, timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so.
- Sexual rights for women and men to have control over and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality, including sexual and reproductive health, free of coercion, discrimination and violence”
According to the latest report on HIV prevalence in Kenya, we clearly see that Siaya County and other counties from western Kenya have a high prevalence of HIV Infections. This relates to culture of sexual dominance, beliefs and attitude on sex and reproductive health rights. During this public lecture event, clergy and faith leaders, medical practitioners, women leaders, faith based human rights activists, among others will explore the essence and importance of sexual and reproductive health rights to both men and women in the context of faith community.
To participate in this event, please Register here