Marleen Temmerman receives Kenyan Presidential Award

(23-12-2020) Emeritus professor Marleen Temmerman received a renowned presidential title in Kenya: the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear.

Marleen Temmerman has been committed for decades to the worldwide improvement of reproductive and sexual health, and the rights of women and children. Kenya is particularly close to her heart. After a previous stay of 6 years in the country (1986-1992), she continued to monitor the situation, in particular from her founding and leading role within the International Center for Reproductive Health (ICRH).

In recent years, Marleen Temmerman has moved back to Kenya, where she worked for the development organization Aga Khan Development Network and Aga Khan University, and is still a board member of the Kenyan branch of the ICRH.

Kenyan President H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta awarded the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear to emeritus professor Marleen Temmerman. This title is rarely awarded to a non-Kenyan, and it is even more special that a woman receives this title. The pioneering work that Marleen Temmerman did and continues to do for women in Kenya is once again emphasized with this recognition.

Ghent University is particularly proud of the recognition that has been awarded to its emeritus professor. The Marleen Temmerman Fund was set up at Ghent University in 2013, which supports the projects of the International Center for Reproductive Health (ICRH) Global and its sister organizations in Belgium, Mozambique and Kenya. More than 4,000 victims have been helped since its establishment, 80% of whom are women and girls and more than half are under the age of 18.