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Mapping sexual violence in Kenya

by Red Dot Foundation Global
Mapping sexual violence in Kenya

Legal Explainers - Republic of Kenya

The Republic of Kenya (henceforth, “Kenya”) is a country in East Africa where the President is the head of the state and the government. The laws and rules are passed by a single government authority and are thus, uniformly applied throughout the country.

Kenya faces high levels of gender-based violence especially in three specific areas female genital mutilation, domestic violence, and violence against women in police custody. While the Kenyan Constitution prevents these acts of violence in general, the Kenyan government has also introduced other individual, issue-specific laws. The Sexual Offences Act, 2006, Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act, 2011, and the Protection against Domestic Violence Act, 2015, are a few to mention.

On the international front, similar to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Kenya has also ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, 1975 (CEDAW), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948, and the MAPUTO Protocol. 

 

For more, please click here - https://safecity.in/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Kenya_Legal-Explainers.pdf

Download our Safecity app from the Google and Apple play stores to report sexual violence in Swahili. 

Most people, survivors or perpetrators are now aware of the relevant legislations regarding sexual violence. Knowledge can make a survivor respond better and take action whilst a perpetrator might refrain from indulging in the crime. Therefore, it is important to know the laws in every country. 

We had a team of volunteers compile legal explainers for laws against sexual violence in several countries including Kenya. Please click on the link below to orient and update yourself with the regulations.

Please also pass on this knowledge to someone who might benefit from it. If you would like to know more about our work or get more involved please do reach out directly.

https://safecity.in/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Kenya_Legal-Explainers.pdf

 

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ElsaMarie DSilva
Columbia, MD United States

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