Research Documents

Breaking the Silence: The Status of Women Who Have Sex with Women in Kenya


Minority Women in Action (MWA) is a grassroots lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LBTI) rights advocacy organisation located in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2006, during a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights conference supported by Urgent Action Fund, it became clear to female attendees that both LGBTI rights groups and Kenyan society at large had ignored the particular concerns of LBTI women in Kenya. A set of female activists thus agreed to establish an organisation that would make visible LBTI women’s human rights. Although MWA only has one transgender member, our founders aimed to provide an inclusive environment for transgender and intersex persons within MWA’s activities. MWA currently has 80 members who reside in and around Nairobi, range from ages 20 to 50 and represent a spectrum of economic classes. In addition, MWA connects with a network of more than 600 local contacts who are sympathetic to advocacy efforts for LBTI women’s human rights. Moreover, since 2009, MWA has served as the Women’s Secretariat for the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Assocation (ILGA). ILGA was the first LGBTI rights organisation to acquire consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council.