Big news: Kenyan compromise and what this means for sexuality

Apparently, a compromise has been struck in Kenya that involves power-sharing. As you may recall, enormous violence had erupted in response to political issues and elections in Kenya. What does this have to do with sexuality? In earlier posts, I talked about – as one example I am familiar with – the Indiana University/Moi University partnership related treating and supporting HIV-positive individuals, as well as their related prevention efforts – all of which were affected by the violence. Women and men have been finding it very difficult, if not impossible, to travel the distances to get to their clinics, receive exams and to get their medication. People were suffering enormous violence. Many were killed. Others were admitted to the emergency room with severe trauma or injury. Let’s be hopeful that the power-sharing compromise eases tensions in Kenya. You can learn more from the New York Times and from CNN.

To learn more about the Kenya Recovery Fund – and to help those affected by the recent violence – check out this web site. Also please read this letter (it’s in PDF format) thanking those who have contributed to the fund so far – the letter is heartbreaking and yet hopeful.

[I took the above photo this summer in the Masai Mara, in Kenya.]

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.