Category Archives: News

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DCI boss Kinoti proposes new polices to help victims of sexual violence

Category : Justice , News

The Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti ha proposed formulation of new policies that will help police deal with cases of sexual violence.

Kinoti on Saturday said such strong policies will help adjudicate some of the critical issues surrounding sexual violence cases that have taken so lightly for a long time.

The DCI boss was speaking at a Nairobi hotel during a forum on sexual based violence.

Kinoti however took issues with how police have been handling the cases subjecting victims to more suffering and trauma.

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BREAKING CYCLES OF VIOLENCE:

Category : Justice , News , Research

‘I was targeted because my husband is from a different community that was perceived to hold a differing political opinion from the one of the dominant community we live in.’ Survivor of sexual violence during the 2017 elections interviewed in this research

Electoral-related sexual violence (ERSV) is a form of sexual violence, including rape, gang rape, sexual assault and defilement, associated with electoral processes and/or intended to influence or achieve a political end within an electoral process. In Kenya, sexual violence has been a recurrent feature of elections, which have been marred by deadly violence, unrest and serious human rights violations and abuses. Outbreaks of sexual violence during elections have been documented since the 1990s.

Following the post-election violence in 2007/2008, the Commission of Inquiry into the Post-Election Violence (CIPEV), known as the ‘Waki Commission’, documented 900 cases of sexual violence perpetrated by security agents, militia groups and civilians against both men, boys, women and girls in a context of large scale violence, mass displacement and more than 1,000 deaths.


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GENDERBASED VIOLENCE TRAINING RESOURCE PACK

Category : News , Research

This GBV Training Resource Pack has been developed under the auspices of the Joint Programme on the Prevention of and Response to Gender-based Violence, with the leadership of the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, in partnership with UN agencies, development partners, and Kenyan civil society organizations. We are particularly grateful for the leadership of the State Department of Gender Affairs in the entire process and in convening the relevant counties i and government ministries, agencies, and departments to actively participate. We acknowledge the valuable contributions of the National Gender and Equality Commission; the Ministry of Health; the Ministry of Education; the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection; the Council of Governors; the County Government of Nairobi; the County Government of Makueni; the Anti-FGM Board; HAK 1195 (GBV helpline); the National Council for Persons with Disability; the National AIDS Control Council; the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights; the National Police Service; the Teachers Service Commission; Kenyatta National Hospital; and the Government Chemist.


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STRENGTHENING SAFE AND PROTECTIVE SPACES FOR WOMEN, GIRLS AND CHILDREN IN KENYA

Category : Justice , News , Research

The gross violation of rights and human suffering caused by gender-based violence (GBV) demands a comprehensive and multipronged approach to both prevention and response. One of the most crucial interventions in responding to GBV is the establishment of safe and protective spaces (SPSs)for survivors. SPSs offer some of the services most urgently needed by survivors such as emergency treatment, testing for HIV/AIDS, psychosocial counselling and legal advice.

Yet options for safe and protective spaces are scarce in the country and people fleeing violence are often unable to access havens of safety and other essential services. Most of the existing spaces are run by civil society organizations and depend on donor funding; as such, they tend to be short-term and unsustainable. The services offered in these spaces are not always comprehensive and gaps in linkages to existing referral pathways and services persist.


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Sexual violence victims can now make reports through mobile app

Category : Justice , News , Research

Victims of sexual violence can now make a report through a mobile application.

The ‘SV_CaseStudy’ app which can be downloaded from Google play store has been launched to encourage victims to make reports after it emerged most fear doing so for fear of being stigmatised.

The app will also make it easy to document and track the cases that have been reported. Currently, it is feared that many sexual violence cases go unreported due to fear.

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CARING FOR THE CARERS: SUPPORT SYSTEMS FOR GBV FIELDWORKERS

The importance of “self-care” has been recognised for many years in social work and women’s rights organisations in the Global North. It has also recently gained traction in feminist movements across the world. Despite this, the support needs of Southern gender-based violence (GBV) fieldworkers are widely disregarded in policy and practice, even as—mainly Northern—aid funding increases for GBV work worldwide.

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Hope as app to record sexual violence launched

Category : Justice , News

The Wangu Kanja Foundation in collaboration with the Survivors of Sexual Violence, United Nations Population Fund and Ministry of Interior launched a mobile application aimed at documenting the number of sexual violence cases in Kenya and ensuring that the survivors access all the services they need.

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Action for Global Justice

Category : Justice , News

Strategy 2028: Action for Global Justice represents the next step in our evolution, rooting us more deeply where we work, and with the people whose rights and visions we work to achieve. This strategy builds on learnings from our previous strategy, People’s Action to End Poverty, our history and practice.


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Where rape survivors fight for justice amid stigma, trauma

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SILENCE BREAKERS The #metoo campaign was covered extensively by the media internationally, with reputable titles such as TIME magazine honouring the “Silence Breakers” as the “Time Person of the Year, 2017”, lauding the survivors for their courage to come out and speak boldly against their perpetrators. The #metoo campaign has had its fair share of the domino effects, including the fall of various powerful men. These include comedian and actor Bill Cosby, who was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against a woman, Fox News Executive Bill O’Reilley and  Hollywood Film maker Harvery Weistein. Read More...