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July 7, 2022by CREAW

 

 

MEDIA STATEMENTState Obligation To Protect Rape Survivors – July 2022 

For Immediate ReleaseLitigation on Failure of State to Fulfil its Due Diligence Obligation to Investigate Sexual Offences: Unconstitutionality of Out of Court Settlements Initiated by State ActorsNairobi, KenyaYesterday, 5th July 2022, the Centre for Rights Education & Awareness (CREAW) and IW, a rape  survivor, appeared before  the Constitutional and Human Rights Division of the High Court of Kenya, HCCHR PET E416/2021 – IW & Centre for Rights Education & Awareness (CREAW) vs the Attorney General, Inspector General of Police and others. The complainants seek to hold the state accountable for the failure to fulfil its obligations to investigate, prosecute and punish perpetrators of violence against women. In particular, this case seeks to address a common but understated challenge in the criminal justice system where survivors of sexual violence are not adequately supported by state agents but coerced into entering into settlement agreements with perpetrators. This case seeks to create a wider social impact in the criminal justice system in Kenya where out of court settlements in cases of gender- based violence are rampant. Of specific concern is the role that State actors such as the police play in propagating these out of court settlements which empower perpetrators of violence and leave the victim/survivor grappling with the aftermath of the violence. This creates a culture of rape and impunity in the society. In our submissions, we set out the core components of an effective investigation and standards the role of the police in protecting victims of violence in the criminal justice system.  We submitted that the investigation by the police in this case did not meet the threshold for a proper investigation.  In response to the Attorney General’s argument that the Inspector General of Police cannot be held liable for the actions of the investigating officer, we argued that the Inspector General of Police can be held accountable for the actions of the police officers who act in their capacity as a police officer and employees of the National Police Service.The judgment will be issued on 17th November 2022 before Hon. Justice Mrima.

The applicants were represented by Winfred Odali who is an alumni of ISLA’s Feminist Litigation Network. The Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) is acting as advisor to counsel. ISLA’s Feminist Litigation Network (FLN) aims to develop a pool of African feminist strategic litigators. ISLA achieves this by investing in partner organisations and a raft of capacity strengthening activities such as the strategic litigation institute. She works as a Strategic Litigation Advocate in CREAW where she is steadily developing a portfolio of cases to hold the state accountable for the failure to protect women from violence, among others. This was her maiden appearance before the Constitutional Division.Join the conversation on social media by following:#EndImpunityforVAW#EndVAW For further enquiries kindly contact:Sibongile NdasheISLA Acting Litigation Director[email protected]
Winfred OdaliCREAW Strategic Litigation Advocate[email protected]

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April 7, 2021by CREAW

One week ago, the public were shocked by the disdainful comments made by former Homeboyz Radio Station presenters during a breakfast show aired on 25th of March, 2021. The comments condoned gender-based violence and placed the survivor at fault.

When a woman, or indeed, any other person survives gender-based violence, they expect empathy and justice and not blame, shame and stigma meant to further re-traumatize and stifle their voices into silence. Public broadcasting stations must not be used as a platform to victim shame. We call on Home Boyz and all broadcasting stations to take note of the Constitutional provision that requires the media to be responsible in their coverage of matters that touch on the safety, security and wellbeing of women and girls.

In the wake of the Home Boyz experience, we demand that all media houses adopt gender and zero violence tolerance policies that categorically provide for redress of violations, address gender biases and provide for balanced news reportage and media content.

Homeboyz situation is not an isolated case. In recent times sexism and misogynistic conversations have openly supported, made jokes, or sensationalized violence against women and girls, often diverting public attention from the perpetrators of such acts or not holding them accountable for their actions. Such actions only serve to perpetuate misogyny and discourages many victims from reporting cases of violence out of fear that they might be blamed for the harm meted on them or further victimized.

Any actions that promote or justify sexual violence do not stem sexual harassment and violence nationally. The mass media must play its role in eradicating the silent pandemic. During the corona pandemic, GBV cases have increased by 42 per cent. In this country, 47 per cent of women compared to three per cent men experience some form of Gender Based Violence. This violence also costs Kenya at Ksh 29 billion annually.
While supporting the rapid actions taken by the East African Breweries, Radio Africa Group management and the Communication Authority of Kenya, we urge the mass media industry to take up their critical and powerful role of promoting and protecting human rights.

Further, we call upon the media industry to:

  1. Put in place clear policies and guidelines for reporting sexual, gender and human rights violations. Where these are already in place, they should be implemented, and all members of staff made aware that they exist;
  2. Put in place accountability frameworks that address perpetrators and protect victims.
  3. Institutionalize strong reporting mechanisms devoid of victimization;
  4. Allocate sufficient resources to train/orient media employees on gender sensitive reporting, human rights and on the implications of GBV;

We stand ready to work with media houses in Kenya to boost their responsibility in reporting on human rights violations and sensitize presenters/hosts on gender responsive broadcasting. We note that the issues surrounding the incident are layered and will require numerous actors to address and this, therefore, offers an impetus for accelerated efforts on the same.

This statement has been issued by four human rights organizations namely Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW), Amnesty International Kenya, Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) and the Center for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW).

COVAW is an organization that focuses on influencing sustained engagement on violations conducted against women and girls in Kenya, with a focus on Gender Based Violence.

Amnesty International Kenya is an organization dedicated to securing human rights all over the world. Amnesty International Kenya works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth, and dignity are denied.

AMWIK is a non-profit membership organization for women journalists and communicators in Kenya. AMWIK is committed to enhancing the status of women in Kenya and Africa. AMWIK seeks to use the media to promote an informed and gender responsive society through a professional and transformative media in Kenya and Africa.

CREAW is a duly registered, national feminist women’s rights non-governmental organization whose vision is a just society where women and girls enjoy full rights and live in dignity.

Ms Wairimu Munyinyi Wahome – COVAW
Dr Dorothy Njoroge – AMWIK
Ms. Wangechi Wachira – CREAW
Mr Irungu Houghton – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL KENYA

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March 20, 2017by CREAW0

Less than five months to the next general election and different players are cementing their positions in the race. Some of those players are women, who make 51% of the electorate and who, through a movement dubbed ‘2017 Ni Mama’ intend to consolidate and push for greater representation of women in the political sphere. Gladys Gachanja was at the launch of the movement and now brings us the women’s political stand in this week’s Women and Power.
 



October 20, 2015by CREAW0

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CREAW is executively run by a distinguished Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of diverse professionals based around the world. CREAW is honoured to have such experienced, talented, and passionate professionals as part of the team, dedicating themselves to ensure CREAW maximizes its potential and successfully achieves its mission.

Ms. Rukia Yassin:- Chairperson of the Board
Over the last 12 years, her skills in strategic development, resource mobilization, research & evaluation, high quality writing and publications in the fields of HIV, Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights and Gender Based Violence, have enabled her to significantly contribute to interventions geared towards sustainable development in Africa and beyond. Ms. Yassin is currently a technical advisor based at Kenya’s Ministry of Health, where she is managing a Project on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response that is co-funded by the German Development Cooperation. During her free time, she enjoys working with young people by empowering and strengthening their potential in leadership and career development.
Justus Nyang’aya :- Vice Chairman
Justus  is a strong supporter of Adventist youth and a human rights activist. He is and has been the Country Director for Amnesty International for over 6 years. He has vast skills in Organizational Development Peace and Conflict Transformation, Human Rights Leadership and governance, Rights Based Programming and Advocacy, Process facilitation, International Relations, Nonprofits Capacity Building, Policy Analysis, Research and Organizational Development.
Samuel Gichohi – Treasurer
Samuel has been involved in various high profile Privatization and Capital Issues during his tenure in the industry and has built extensive experience in the equities market research and analysis function. He currently works at NIC Bank as Securities Business Development Manager since 2012. His main roles are identifying new opportunities and developing innovative ways to improve NIC Securities customer centric service delivery model, developing sophisticated investor pools through implementation of sustainable investor education and asset allocation policies through personalized client relationship.
Clement Mwangi –  Board Member
Clement has extensive experience in strategic and financial management of companies and is a skilled interpreter, translator, and developer of communications products for children. He earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Finance, Banking and Insurance from the University of Nantes, France; and a subsequent Masters degree in Education and International Cooperation at Rene Descartes University (Paris V), France.
Since 2005, he has built varied experience as an independent consultant in Educational Planning, Translation and Interpretation.
Hon. Justice Joel Ngugi – Board Member
Justice Ngugi was appointed by the Chief Justice to head the Judiciary Transformation Secretariat which was responsible for implementing the Judiciary Transformation Framework 2012-2016. He was later appointed by the Chief Justice as the Director of the Judiciary Training Institute. Prior to joining the Judiciary, Professor Ngugi was based at the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington) where he had taught law since 2004.
Professor Ngugi has worked with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). He obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Nairobi in 1996 then proceeded to the Kenya School of Law in 1997 for a Postgraduate Diploma in Law. He then went to Harvard University where he obtained an LL.M. in 1999 and an S.J.D. in 2002.
Justice Ngugi represents the Chief Justice in the Council for Legal Education (CLE).
Esther Mwaura – Board Member
Esther is a passionate and dynamic Senior Education Officer. Currently, she is working with the ministry of Environment, Water & Natural resources. She has in the past worked with the Ministry of Education where she maintained a high level of quality assurance in all education institutions in Embu County.
She was involved in capacity building of school managers, administrators and teachers. She has also been involved in enhancement of Guidance and Counseling, ensuring sound financial management as well as ensuring effective curriculum implementation in education institutions.
Professor Wambui Mwangi
Professor Wambui Mwangi attended Loreto Convent Valley Road and St. Mary’s School, Nairobi before graduating from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts.
She has post-graduate degrees from McGill University, Montreal, and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She has taught at Vassar College, New York and the University of Toronto. She has a passion for post-colonial theory and Kenyan political history. Her scholarly work, fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and photography have been published in various journals worldwide.
She is the Director of Generation Kenya and a member of Concerned Kenyan Writers.
Wangechi L. Wachira – Moegi – Executive Director, Ex Officio member and secretary to the board
Wangechi has over 10 years of experience in human rights, gender, development, and equity initiatives within civil society. She earned her B.A. in Social Sciences and Diploma in Cultural Tourism from the University of Nairobi. She has also engaged in various international training programs, such as the Training in Human Rights at the Raul Wallenberg Institute in Sweden.
Wangechi is the head of policies and systems, manages the day-to-day operations of the organization, serves as the professional advisor to the board ,recommends appropriate policy issues for the board’s attention, as well as implementing already adopted policies.
 
 
 
 



July 3, 2015by CREAW0

In the year 2010 CREAW was implementing a project under support from Ford Foundation which focused on among other things addressing teachers student sexual violence in Kenya. The project also aimed to carry out a study to identify the structural ,policy and systemic gaps the `TSC faced in dealing with teacher student sexual violence and jointly develop measures to track the prevalence and strengthen policy and practical responses by the TSC and other state and non state actors.



May 20, 2015by CREAW0

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In recognition of the important role that you continue to play in the advancement of human rights and sustainable development in Kenya, you are invited to the “Friends of CREAW Dinner” in support of our Access to Justice Program and help us make a real difference in the lives of women and children who have faced gender based violence. The dinner will be held on Thursday 28th May 2015 from 6.30 – 10.00 pm at the Nairobi Club in Nairobi. Your support in cash and in-kind, will go a long way in helping victims access justice as well as economical empower and get them back on their feet.



December 20, 2013by CREAW0

Overall Objective: To promote women’s rights and create systemic changes through engaging in legislative and policy advocacy

For CREAW’s work to lead to the realization of its vision, it must be buttressed by relevant and current information on emerging trends, strategies, case studies and new knowledge in the aread of our work. CREAW strives to be the leading women’s rights organization in respect to the development and use of cutting-edge and innovative advocacy strategies. We utilise the information from our research to develop these strategies and then we document and disseminate that information to the public and other key stakeholders.
CREAW engages in legislative and policy-level advocacy at the national, regional and international levels to promote women’s rights and to bring about systemic changes in society that expand the space for women to realize their rights.
The programme promotes women’s rights and create systemic changes through engaging in legislative and policy advocacy at the regional, national and international levels. CREAW strategically advocates for change while engaging our partners to lobby alongside us. Research buttresses our work by revealing relevant current information and guiding us on emerging trends, strategies, case studies and innovative platforms. Key components of the programme include:Security Sector Reforms
CREAW’s work with the Police Reform Implementation Committee through the Usalama Forum is mainly geared towards transforming the police system in Kenya into one that is professional, efficient, effective, service oriented and accountable to its citizens.
Reform in the Education Sector.
CREAW is working with various government agencies, including the Teachers Service Commission, Ministry of Education and Civil Society to advocate for policy systems and structures and promote a safe learning environment for children.


December 20, 2013by CREAW0

Overall Objective: To increase access to justice and legal education for all women in Kenya
Access to Justice is a two-pronged programme aiming to enhance women’s rights through accessing them justice at both group and individual levels.
1. Public Interest Litigation (PIL). This aims to prompt judicial pronouncements to clarify or declare women’s right on certain strategic issues affecting women as a group or a group of women. PIL is also effective in reviewing administrative or state actions or omissions. It is an effective tool for expanding and promoting women’s rights in the respective area, and it’s also a strategic advocacy and public awareness tool especially when accompanied with media coverage and commentary. CREAW plans to strengthen its public litigation capacity in order to make it the predominant elemnt of this programme.
2. Legal Aid. We are also working to provide direct legal representation, advice and referrals to poor women who are survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.
The projects under Access to Justice are:
CREAW GBV Response
CREAW’s project goal in the GBV project is to contribute to the reduction of instances of GBV in Kibera, Kamukunji, Makadara and Dagoretti districts through community sensitization and provision of legal aid. To achieve this goal, CREAW works with community structures such as paralegals to train already established community groups in the target areas on GBV and the SOA (2006). Groups trained will be expected to disseminate the information to other community members, which will contribute to behavior and attitude change in the long run. Through this grant, CREAW will work in Kibera to train more organized groups like youth groups, community health workers, religious leaders and self-help groups. The main activities will entail sensitization on gender based violence (GBV) and SOA (2006) to the targeted groups. CREAW will also mark important calendar events such as the Day of the African Child with the aim of raising awareness of the community on GBV, children’s rights and HIV. In addition, CREAW will offer legal aid to survivors of violence and legal advice to the community in relation to GBV issues.
CREAW’s major expected achievements out of this project will include raised levels of awareness among organized community groups and increased access to justice and other GBV support services by survivors. It is anticipated that project activities will lead to increased reporting of GBV cases and increased respect for women and girls as equal human beings as men and boys.