Launch of a report on the implementation of the Kenya sexual offences Act
The Kenya sexual offences Act remains a strong weapon against sexual and gender based violence
One of the most destructive, yet least talked about, a legacy of Kenya’s post-election violence of 2007/8 is the widespread rape, sexual assault and related gender based violence.
While the gender violence was most pervasive during the post-election violence, recent media reports about men being battered by their wives in Nyeri suggests that gender violence goes beyond times of conflict.
Rape, genital mutilation, defilement, and sexual exploitation are ever present scourges. Unfortunately, due to factors such as stigma, under-reporting, and lack of a strong legal framework, many perpetrators of these crimes continue to elude prosecution. On the other hand, many survivors continue to suffer in silence.
Kenya’s key weapon against sexual and gender-based violence is the 2006 Sexual Offences
Act. The document is a far-reaching and progressive piece of legislation that expanded the definition of sexual offences, heightened the penalties for several crimes, and emphasized new elements such as psychosocial support, witness protection, and forensic evidence. However, realization of the law on the ground has met many challenges.
Why does sexual and gender based violence continue in Kenya even though a progressive and pioneer legislation in tackling sexual violence in Kenya exists? How does the Act operate in the context of Kenya’s new Constitution, domestic statutes, and obligations under international law? How can it be extended to the most vulnerable, invisible populations in our country?
Join the Task Force on the Implementation of the Sexual Offences Act on 2nd April 2012 to answer these and many other questions as they as they launch a report on the implementation of the act in Kenya since its inception in 2007. The launch will be done by the Honorable Attorney General Prof Githu Muigai with the ceremony being officiated by Honorable Lady Justice (Rtd.) Effie Owuor; Chairlady of the TFSOA at the Serena hotel at 7.45 a.m.
The report contains an assessment of what has been achieved in the implementation of the Sexual Offences Act, existing challenges, and actionable recommendations to be implemented now and in the long term.
The launch is targeting stakeholders from the civil society organizations, development partners and key government ministries. Persons invited to the launch include:
- Hon. Justice Njoki Ndungú
- Hon. Justice Philip Waki
- Director of Public Prosecutions Mr. Keriako Tobiko
- Financial Secretary – Mr. Mutua Kilaka
- PS Gender, Children and Social Development – Dr. James Nyikal
- PS Medical Services – Ms. Mary Ngari
- PS Public Health – Mr. Mark Bor
- PS Justice, National Cohesion & Constitutional Affairs – Mr. Gichira Kibaara
- Commissioner of Police – Mr. Mathew Iteere
- National Gender and Equality Commission – Commission Secretary Mr. Nyatuga
- Office of the President – Mr. Charles Kimani
- Law Society of Kenya – Mr. Tom K’Opere
- CSOs – LVCT, FIDA, COVAW, CREAW
For further information, please contact;
Redemtor Atieno- Technical Communications Officer (LVCT)
The Kenya sexual offences act has gone along way in enhancing prosecution of SV cases