The project aims to ensure an increased resourcing of SRHR, thus our engegemnets with legislators at both national level and at the County Assemblies (Senators, Members of National Assembly and Members of County Assemblies). We also believe that the Executive through the cabinet play a critical role in discussing and giving direction on SRHR policy landscape. Therefore, our advocacy agenda seeks to partner and work closely with these key stakeholders who have different levels of support and influence at both national and county levels.
Still at national, we work with the Ministry of Health that is mandated to develop national policies and guidelines affecting access to SRHR for adolescents and youth:The ministry hasRevised the National Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Development Policy. It has also revised the Guidelines for Provision of Adolescent and Youth Friendly Services with a goal of improving availability, accessibility, acceptability and use of quality SRH by adolescents and youth. RHRN-KE, is partnering with the MoH to ensure these policy documents are disseminated to the county levels. At the county level we work with County Health Management Teams to ensure these policies are implemented by supporting the development of county specific implementation strategy and workplans.
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST):Ratified the ministerial commitment on CSE in 2013; Revised and rolled out the Education Sector Policy on HIV and AIDS in 2013. This policy provides for mainstreaming CSE into the national curriculum to ensure that all learners receive age appropriate CSE; MoEST through the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) has embarked on a curriculum reform process to make the education system to be more competency-based and include strengthened Life Skills Education including CSE; We have partnered with MoEST/MoH TWG in the review of the National School Health Policy and its guidelines that is now set for official launch.
At the regional level, we seek to hold accountable MoH, MoEST, Ministry of Planning and Devolution and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade who majorly represent Kenya on negotiations around our priority issues. We have engaged the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights’ commissioners on SRHR issues concerning Adolescent and Youth in Kenya. At the international level, Kenya’s commitment to addressing the issues affecting Adolescents and Youth is demonstrated by the fact that the country is a signatory to several global and regional human rights treaties and declarations. These include the ESA Commitment, Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) ratified in 1990, Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD, 1994),Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa 2003, Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the Rights and Welfare of the Child