• WE SHALL ROAR TILL JUSTICE COMES HOME TO ROOST

    Author: covaw Category: Justice For Liz , No Comments

    Saida Ali So much has been said about the worst form of punishment for rape. In a small village of Tingolo in Busia County, some Administrative Police officers decided that the best they could do to punish six young men who had gang raped a 16-year-old girl was to slash grass! Liz was literally left for the dead as they threw her in an un-used 6-meter pit latrine. Liz’s case is symptomatic of a bigger underlying problem – impunity on sexual and gender based violence and questioning due diligence especially on State accountability for violence against women. This includes measures for prevention, protection, prosecution, punishment and provision of redress and reparations. Reparative justice can include but is not limited to a public apology. One of our key demands in Liz’s case is that the Inspector General of Police gives a public apology to Liz and all Kenyan women and girls for police misconduct on this case.

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  • NAKURU ACTIVITY ON THE LAUNCH OF 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM

    Author: covaw Category: 16 Days of Activisim , No Comments

    All gathered at the Railway Grounds for the procession which would end at the ACK Hall where the rest of the event was to take place. The event started at around 10:30 a.m instead of the stipulated 9a.m. Nonetheless there was a lot of excitement in the air as all could not wait to begin the procession.

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  • Police ignorance on rape is appalling

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    BY SAIDA ALI We have recently witnessed a national outcry by top national leaders in regards to traffic accidents in the country. True, there is a crisis in the country as regards careless driving.

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  • NERVOUS CONDITIONS

    Author: covaw Category: 16 Days of Activisim , No Comments

    Today is day one of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender based Violence Campaign. I couldn’t think of a better way to describe our societal acceptance of violence against women so I borrowed Nervous Conditions from Tsitsi Dangarembga. Violence against women is not just a sign but is also in itself a set of nervous conditions.

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  • Cycles of Violence and Public Accountability in Kenya

    Author: covaw Category: Justice For Liz , No Comments

    By Awino Okech Njeri Rugene’s article in the Daily Nation of October 7th 2013, about the gang rape of a 16 year old girl in Busia County by three men, who were subsequently released by policemen with an order to cut grass, confirms the committed efforts to reverse the gains made by women within the Constitution. Rugene’s report comes over a month since the uproar caused by Governor Kidero’s public assault on Nairobi women’s representative Rachel Shebesh on 6th September 2013.

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