Strategic Priorities

Support to the Reforms agenda

Support to the Reforms agenda

To inform and influence the enactment and implementation of at least five (5) reforms on prevention and response to torture, violence and discrimination by 2021 Key Strategies / Broad Interventions:

  1. Advocacy for enactment and implementation of at least 5 laws (2 new/pending policies and implementation of 3 existing laws)
  2. Media advocacy on public policy at county, national and international levels
  3. Treaty body engagements e.g. Africa Commission, EAC, UN, etc.
  4. Building and supporting advocacy partnerships at the local, national, regional and international levels
  5. Promoting strategic advocacy networks, collaborations e.g. PRWG, CBO anti-torture movements, etc.
  6. Occupation of critical advocacy spaces e.g. relevant State commissions
  7. Support perpetrators knowledge, attitude and behavior change initiatives
Redress and Rehabilitation

Redress and Rehabilitation

To improve access and utilization of holistic redress and rehabilitation services for at least 6,000 survivors of torture, violence and discrimination by 2021 Key Strategies / Broad Interventions:

  1. Direct and holistic service provision to survivors (medical, legal, psychological and structured referrals for socio-economic empowerment)
  2. Promoting partnerships and networks for routine and urgent services
  3. Referrals for provision of services
  4. Enhance protection of witnesses, victims and HRDs
  5. Awareness and sensitization of survivors and general public e.g. use of IEC materials, media and community outreaches
Social Capital and Strategic Alliances

Social Capital and Strategic Alliances

To nurture social capital and active use of at least eight (8) strategic alliances for the prevention of torture, violence and discrimination by 2018 

Key Strategies / Broad Interventions:

  1. Enhanced engagements with IMLU’s networks of professionals (lawyers, doctors, journalists, human rights promoters, counsellors and paralegals, among others)
  2. Continuous building of social capital through capacity building
  3. Structured engagements with other key actors (CBOs, NGOs, youths, academic institutions, professional bodies) at the national, regional and international levels
  4. Strategic physical presence and positioning in select counties across Kenya
  5. Building a constituency of survivors and families
  6. Media advocacy to enhance IMLU’s visibility at the county, national and international levels
Strategic information for Evidence based interventions

Strategic information for Evidence based interventions

To generate at least ten (10) research products and proactively use such strategic information to prevent and respond to torture, violence and discrimination by 2021

Key Strategies / Interventions

  1. Expand the scope of research to cover IMLU’s mandate in totality generating at least 10 research products
  2. Undertaking periodic torture survey every 5 years to inform programming and advocacy
  3. Research partnerships with academic, government agencies, renowned research institutional, associates and other professional bodies
  4. Develop IMLU’s internal research generation, utilization and dissemination capacity e.g. instituting a research desk / department
  5. IMLU’s resource center for operational, strategic and academic research

 

Institutional Strengthening and Sustainability

Institutional Strengthening and Sustainability

To enhance IMLU’s capacity to deliver on its mission and goals and institutional sustainability beyond 2021

Vision

A World free from torture, violence and discrimination

Mission:

To prevent and respond to torture, violence and discrimination by engaging with state and other nonstate actors in rehabilitation, redress, research, advocacy and movement building, capacity building, and accountability.

 

Written by Sarah Nyakio

On April 22, 2021, Gender CS Margaret Kobia, during a conference, indicated that cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Kenya increased by 92 percent between January and June 2020. Nairobi, Kakamega, Kisumu, Nakuru, and Kiambu counties reported the highest cases.

“The most common forms of GBV identified in the study were physical assault, rape/attempted rape, murder, sexual offenses, defilement, grievous harm, physical abuse, child marriages, psychological torture, and child neglect,” she said.

Statistics released by the Ministry of Public Service and Gender show that 5,009 cases were recorded between January and December 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The most common forms of Gender-Based Violence identified were physical assault, rape and attempted rape, murder, defilement, grievous harm, child neglect, and psychological torture. SGBV results from many socio-economic variables such as social position, employment, status, financial circumstances and self-concept, personal and community values as contributing factors to the violence.

In Nakuru County, a 15-year-old girl was defiled and killed in Mau Narok, Nakuru County. Her body is dumped in a river. She had left home to collect firewood from a nearby forest. A rope she had to help carry the bundle of firewood was tied around her neck while her head was covered with her clothes.

Through the National Government Affirmative Action, 36 GBV shelters operated by Civil Society Organizations have been established in 13 counties of Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Kwale, Samburu, Kajiado, Murang’a, Laikipia, Kiambu, Nyeri, Meru, Machakos, and Makueni.

The impact of SGBV is devastating. The individual women who are victims of such violence often experience life-long emotional distress and mental health problems. 

In addition, the cost to women, their children, families, and communities is a significant obstacle to reducing poverty, achieving gender equality, and ensuring a peaceful transition for post-conflict societies. 

However, states must promote and protect all citizens’ human rights and fundamental freedoms. The citizens must exercise due diligence to prevent, investigate and punish acts of violence against women and children. The state also must protect victims of any form of violence, a responsibility for which it ought to be held to account.

Kenya ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1984 and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on Women’s Rights in Africa on October 13, 2010 (Maputo Protocol).

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) establishes international standards for guaranteeing equality between women and men within the family and between the family and the state.  As of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the essence of this convention is respect for human dignity and respect for the human capacity to make responsible choices. At the same time, the Maputo Protocol guarantees comprehensive rights to women, including the right to take part in the political process, social and political equality with men, improved autonomy in their reproductive health decisions, and an end to gender-based violence.

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