• Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

    Author: covaw Category: Articles , 1 Comment

    The Foreign Secretary of Britain, William Hague and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, co-hosted the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on June 10-13, 2014 in London.This was the largest gathering ever brought together on the subject, with a view to creating irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict and practical action that impacts those on the ground.The summit is a follow-up to the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict launched in 2013 to end impunity, increase accountability, and provide justice and safety for victims of sexual violence. One of the outcomes of the summit is to be the first international protocol on how to document and investigate sexual violence in conflicts, which will set international standards and give guidance to countries on effective laws and prosecutions.Angelina Jolie, commented, “The use of rape as a weapon is one of the greatest injustices of our time.”  It destroys women, families, communities and cultures. The rape of civilians during times of war is nothing new. However, in recent decades the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war has come to the attention of the international community.

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  • Six years and Counting

    Author: covaw Category: SGBV PIL Petition 122/2013 , No Comments

    by Dr. Joan Nyanyuki Six years on from being gang raped and beaten in front of her husband and four-year-old child during Kenya’s post-election violence, Nancy is still awaiting justice. If it were left to Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko, she would never see it. Last month Mr Tobiko announced that his office could bring no cases related to the 2007-8 atrocities before a new “International Crimes Division” within Kenya’s High Court. Nancy is not taking no for an answer. Today (March 25) she and other survivors of sexual and gender-based violence are in a Nairobi courtroom, suing Mr Tobiko and other senior government officials for numerous failings, including the failure to investigate and prosecute their cases and thousands of others.

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  • Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

    Author: covaw Category: SGBV PIL Petition 122/2013 , No Comments

    by Dr. Joan Nyanyuki When the hearing of the Case filed in the High court of Nairobi by the sexual violence victims of the post-election violence resumed for the third time, the Attorney General and the Director of Public Prosecutions requested the court for an adjournment of the case. It was their turn to cross examine the first expert witness on the stand.

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  • Press Conference Summary

    Author: covaw Category: Justice For Liz , No Comments

    Sorry about being so late with this blog post. However, here it is! It is here to inform people of what happened during the press conference held at our offices last week wednesday, 7th May 2014. It is a summary of the questions that were asked by journalists and a summary of the main points given by the members from the panel.

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  • Justice For Liz Press Release 7th of May

    Author: covaw Category: Justice For Liz , 1 Comment

    Press release7th May 2014INACTION REGARDING JUSTICE FOR LIZ/BUSIA RAPE CASE BY THE DPP, AG, KENYAN POLICE, AND CID OFFICES INCREASINGLY BECOMING A MAJOR CONCERN.The state’s delay in securing justice for Liz after she was gang raped mid last year has become a matter of increasing concern to both the public and civil society organisations working on women rights issues in Kenya.

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