Daily Archives: July 12, 2017

Why sexual violence remains a scourge in Kenya by Lydia Muthiani

Sexual violence remains a scourge in Kenya, with its most prevalent form being defilement. In 2014 alone, there were 6,101 defilement cases, while the number of sexual offences nationally was 13,828. One such case came before Judge Said Chitembwe in Malindi, in an appeal that overturned the conviction of a 24-year-old man alleged to have defiled a girl aged 13. The decision attracted the 2017 Golden Bludgeon Award, an international award created by Women’s Link Worldwide to highlight the positive and negative impacts of judicial decisions on the lives of women and girls. It was picked as the worst judicial decision affecting the rights of women and girls.

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Justice Lacking for Victims of Kenya’s Post-Election Violence by Agnes Odhiambo

Wamuyu told me how she was brutally gang-raped by three men in Busia, western Kenya, during the violence that engulfed Kenya following the disputed presidential election in December 2007. Her husband was murdered in the violence, she says, and her home destroyed. Wamuyu described the physical impact of the rape to me: “My uterus [had to be] removed. My back was damaged, my legs were broken, and I had to walk with crutches for almost three years.”

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