Kenya has made significant progress on sexual and reproductive health and rights – especially maternal and child mortality – since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) took place in Cairo 25 years ago. 

But the country is still struggling to curb adolescent pregnancies, according to Dr. Ida Odinga, a prominent women's rights campaigner and wife of former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 can be a game-changer if "speak for those that can’t speak, speak for those who are not heard and to add our voices to those who continue to work for sexual and reproductive rights for all," she wrote in an op-ed for IPS News.

The event, Dr. Odinga added, is a watershed moment only a decade before the deadline for Kenya to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

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