“After 7 years as Director of ICRH Mozambique, the time has come to move on. I am incredibly proud of the work we have done in this time across the country and particularly in the Tete and Maputo provinces. We have improved access to comprehensive SRH information and services, particularly for women, adolescents and sex workers. We have contributed to shifting attitudes to become more supportive of the reproductive rights of these groups. And we have strengthened our research capacity to become a reference organization for SRH research for both Mozambican and international partners.

More and more women and girls are joining the safe abortion service at the Chitima Health Center in the Cahora Bassa district (Tete province, Mozambique). From January to May 2021, more than 60 users have appealed to the service.

World Menstrual Hygiene Day was celebrated in Mozambique as well, aiming to create more awareness among young girls. ICRH Mozambique implemented a one-year project focused on menstrual health and delivered an education and information kit to the Provincial Health Directorate of Tete. The kit responds to a lack of knowledge and information for girls and young people, particularly in the province of Tete but by extension in the whole country.

Do we need an International Women's Day?

Women's rights are, of course, human rights, which are unfortunately still too often violated, so International Women's Day will remain necessary until women and men have equal rights.

We have undoubtedly made a great deal of progress in the last 25 years.

ICRH Kenya launched the ‘First Time Young Mothers programme’ at the Mtwapa Health Center, Kilifi South Sub County in December last year. The programme is aimed to improving the quality of maternal, neonatal and child outcomes for pregnant adolescents and young women aged ten to twenty-four years.

In 2018, ICRH Kenya received funding from ‘Amplify Change’ to collect stories from sexual violence survivors. ICRHK bundled 15 unique stories into a beautiful and extremely moving booklet named ‘Facing Violence - In my own words.’ The book tells the stories of those who overcame the most inhumane of acts and from it, got the courage to talk about their experience. ICRH Kenya believes the stories will empower and encourage every member of the community to take action and make a change. The publication will be used as a resource material for Sexual Gender Based Violence research.

Last year, numerous stakeholders came together in Kwale County for a conference held by the Reproductive Health Network Kenya. Policy makers, service providers, experts, grassroots women and men, sexual and gender minority groups, like-minded civil society organizations, and young people from the regional, national and international community were united.

Marleen Temmerman is awarded by H.E.Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya, the title of 'Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear' (MBS). This is one of Kenya’s highest distinctions, which is seldom awarded to non-Kenyans, and even more exceptionally to women.

ICRH-Mozambique is partnering with the Faculty of Medicine of Eduardo Mondlane University to implement the I-SHARE study in Mozambique.

While Mozambique has been making strides towards improving provision of adolescent-friendly health services, there are still young people that are consistently excluded especially those with disabilities. ICRH-Mozambique is now partnering in two projects funded by the Flemish Government to reach these groups.