Sexual violence

Uganda's women, girls seek justice to halt sexual violence (Thomson Reuters)

5/6/2015 -- Thomson Reuters -- "Uganda's women, girls seek justice to halt sexual violence"

"Community based settlements for crimes of sexual violence, and systemic corruption further erode the opportunity for meaningful justice" - Kim Brown, Equality Now [read more...]

Three men sentenced to 15 and 7 years in jail for the Busia gang rape case (The Star Kenya)

4/13/2015 -- The Star Kenya -- "Three men sentenced to 15 and 7 years in jail for the Busia gang rape case"

Kimberly Brown Legal Consultant, for Equality Now which is one of the organisations that has being following up Liz's case said Monday's sentencing will have a ripple effect across the nation and hopefully the region at large.

#JusticeForLiz: With this conviction, the Kenya we want is within reach (The Guardian)

4/13/2015 -- The Guardian -- "#JusticeForLiz: With this conviction, the Kenya we want is within reach"

Justice has finally been served for a 16-year-old girl who was gang-raped and left for dead in Kenya’s Busia county in June 2013.

Kenya: Stop the Violent Attacks on Women - #MyDressMyChoice

Not an update
2014 Nov 24

TAKE ACTION NOW! << Click on this link to send all letters below online.

25 MARCH 2015 UPDATE: There has been some progress to get justice for women being publicly assaulted in Kenya. In late December 2014, the Security Laws (Amendment) Act of 2014 became law. While there are serious issues surrounding provisions in the law that run counter to protecting human rights, Article 17 criminalizes these strippings. In January 2015, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution brought criminal charges against some of the men responsible for these violent attacks. We continue to monitor these cases as they proceed through the criminal justice system.

As a result of our campaign to address sexual violence against Kenyan women and girls, Supreme Court Chief Justice Mutunga invited Equality Now to join the high level policy making, National Council on the Administration of Justice. Membership on the Council includes judges, prosecutors, police, the Kenya Law Reform Commission and members of civil society who are key to reforming the justice system and ensuring gender equality. We will use the opportunity to hold Kenya accountable to its national, regional and international obligations to prevent all forms of violence against women and to provide adequate resources to address the large scale of gender-based violence.

Thank you for your support.

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What You Can Do: 

TAKE ACTION NOW! << Click on this link to send all letters below online.

Join Equality Now, the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights coalition – including the Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW) and FEMNET -- and Africa UNiTE Kenya Chapter in calling on the officials below to ensure justice for the victims and to promptly address the normalization of violence against women, by:

  • Immediately investigating and arresting all perpetrators of the attacks; urgently deploying police squads to public bus stations to prevent gender violence, including harassment.
  • More aggressively cracking down on those inciting violence and similar attacks on women, whether in public or on social media, pursuant to Section 96 of the Penal Code.
  • Comprehensively and urgently addressing the Kenyan Government’s obligation to combat violence against women, including: community sensitization and awareness campaigns, regulatory action to ensure accountability of bus operators, and necessary legal reforms to strengthen the 2006 Sexual Offenses Act in light of these offenses.
  • Urging the media to exercise caution in sharing the graphic videos of the women being attacked and stripped, as the videos re-victimize and stigmatize the survivors and are emboldening copycat criminals. Ultimately, these videos should be treated as evidence of criminal activity.

Letters should be addressed to:

H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta
President of the Republic of Kenya
P.O. Box 30040
Nairobi, Kenya
@StateHouseKenya, @UKenyatta

Hon. William Ruto
Deputy President
Office of The Deputy President
Harambee Avenue
P.O. Box 74434 - 00200
Nairobi, Kenya

Hon. Prof. Githu Muigai
Attorney General
Department of Justice
Harambee Avenue
P.O Box 40112-00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Hon. Winfred Lichuma
National Gender & Equality Commission
Solutions Tech Place, Longonot Road, Upper Hill
P.O.Box 27512-00506
Nairobi, Kenya

Hon. Keriako Tobiko
Director of Public Prosecutions
Attn: SGBV Unit
Office of the DPP
NSSF Building, 19th Fl
Bishops Road
P.O. Box 30701-00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Hon Dr. Willy Mutunga
Chief Justice
Supreme Court of Kenya
City Hall Way
P.O. Box 30041-00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Hon. Isaac Kiprono Ruto
Chairman of the Council of Governors and Governor of Bomet County
Delta House 2nd Floor
Chiromo Road, Off Waiyaki Way
P.O. Box 40401-00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Hon. Cecily Mbarire
Kenya Women Parliamentary Association
P.O. Box 41842 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

Mr. Simon Kimutai
National Chairman
Matatu Owners Association
Tumaini House, 4th Floor
P.O. Box 2462-KNH
Nairobi, Kenya


Dear ______,

I am deeply concerned about the recent rise in violent attacks and harassment of women in Kenya, and am particularly disturbed by reports of women being stripped, beaten and publicly humiliated for being “indecently dressed.” Much more must be done – and urgently – to prevent such attacks and to systematically address and eradicate violence against women. Women and girls in Kenya have a fundamental right to feel safe in their own communities, whether about town or commuting to and from employment, irrespective of their attire.   

The attacks in Kenya underscore the large scale of gender-based violence that persists in societies around the world, reinforcing a power dynamic that women and their bodies are public property, open for public comment, harassment or worse. Today, we want action from you to address these manifestations of violence against women that robs women of their personal rights and autonomy.

Kenya must uphold the rights of all its citizens and protect women and girls from sexual violence, in line with the 2010 Constitution, the Sexual Offenses Act, the Penal Code, and its obligations under regional and international human rights instruments. As a party to the African Union Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, Kenya is required to prevent all forms of violence against women – particularly sexual and verbal violence - and to ensure that adequate resources are allocated towards this obligation.

I join Equality Now, the Solidarity of African Women’s Rights coalition – including the Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW) and FEMNET, and Africa UNiTE Kenya Chapter in calling for justice for those attacked, ensuring that the survivors are not re-victimized and stigmatized and for Kenyan authorities to aggressively and comprehensively address violence against women. 

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Suad Abu Dayyeh on sexual harassment in Egypt (LA Times)

7/16/2014 -- LA Times -- "Egypt imprisons nine men, most for life, in sexual assault case" Middle East/North Africa Consultant for Equality Now Suad Abu-Dayyeh on sexual harassment in Egypt:

Is Kenya finally starting to tackle its sexual violence epidemic? (Thomson Reuters)

7/16/2014 -- Thomson Reuters -- "Is Kenya finally starting to tackle its sexual violence epidemic?" Kimberly M. Brown, AGLDF Consultant, on the onging Justice For Liz campaign:

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