Global conference on Population kicks off in Kenya amid protests

The 25th International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) that is taking place in Kenya’s capital Nairobi continues to elicit mixed reactions.

The Nairobi County Women Forum is the latest to express its reservations on the ongoing conference condemning what they term as promotion of acts of gayism and lesbiansm.

Addressing the press on Tuesday, the group led by their leaders Margaret Ndegwa and Cicil Wanjiru claimed that the convention is being used to secretly perpetuate the agenda of LGBT community which in their opinion borders on moral decay.

Elsewhere, Human rights crusaders who are attending Conference are pushing for a review of constitutional clauses that allegedly discriminate against sections of the population especially on access to reproductive health services.

The group is up in arms against what it terms as a retrogressive culture of limiting people from accessing reproductive health services.

Addressing the ongoing ICPD conference, the crusaders promised to exert more pressure of Members of Parliament into passing laws that favour both gender.

Led by Liberian Vice President Dr. Jewel Tylor, the leaders vowed to compel their respective legislators into removing clauses in constitutions that they claim discriminate when it comes to access to reproductive health.

During his opening remarks on Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta avoided the subject that has stirred controversy in the country in the past few months.

Aware of the environment under which the conference is happening, the Principal Secretary for Kenya’s Department of Planning Saitoti Torome had on Monday  assured faith leaders that abortion and LGBTI rights will not be discussed at the summit.

The Nairobi summit is taking place 25 years after the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), in Cairo, where 179 governments adopted an action plan for women’s empowerment and sexual and reproductive health for all.


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