Attorney General affirms the need to bring more women into political leadership in the next General Election

Opening remarks by Hon. Prof. Githu Muigai, EGH, SC, The Attorney-General of The Republic of Kenya,during The Gender And Elections Dialogue Forum Held On 24th February 2016 At The Panafric Hotel. Theme: Securing the Space for Women Participation in Governance In Kenya Ahead of the 2017 General Election.

It gives me great pleasure to participate in this occasion of the Official Opening of the National Gender and Elections Dialogue Forum, which seeks to enhance discussions towards the realization of women’s participation in governance especially in the political processes in Kenya.

Like all walks to freedom, the journey to women’s equality and empowerment, has not been easy. Women have had to confront deeply entrenched stereotypes and challenge harmful practices which pass under the licence of culture. Women and girls continue to face major hindrances such as lack of access to reproductive health services, low retention and transition rates in education, and low representation in the economic arena. Women and girls continue to bear a disproportionate labour burden accentuated by disparities in remuneration for similar work done. Women also suffer as victims of gender based violence.

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Return To Darkness: Civil Vigilance Necessary To Resist Attacks On The Freedom Of Assembly

Steve Ogolla, Programme Officer, Human Rights Protection | ICJ Kenya  

The alarming rise in significant threats to the exercise of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in Kenya cannot be gainsaid. The excessive use of police force to disrupt and disperse peaceful and lawful protests as was witnessed during the occupy playground protest at Lang’ata Road Primary, has become common place. The government has systematically advanced in undermining the freedom of assembly guaranteed in the Constitution. The use of excessive force and the presence of undercover police amongst protesters has been employed as way of identifying and arresting human rights defenders. And because bail is too high, they are detained. Even if they are acquitted, confinement has served to effectively remove them from the civil space for the period. The cycle continues and the intention of dampening their spirit is achieved.

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‘A’ for Activism: Revisiting Participation of Children in Protests

The recent involvement of children in #Occupyplayground Protests at Lang’ata Road Primary has brought forth mixed feelings from many, and caused a debate on the merits and costs of involving children in protests and political actions. Questions have emerged whether it is responsible parenting to protect children from these issues or to involve children in the middle of a protest that involves police action and could become volatile. A classic example of youth engagement in political activism is the Soweto riots when children took the streets for a peaceful demonstration. The police reaction was brutal and that day at least twenty-five people were killed.

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