Women Rights

From Despair To Hope: Women’s Right To Own And Inherit Property

The study examines the disenfranchisement of women from their right to property both in terms of ownership as well as inheritance which is perpetuated by legal and social trends relating to the same with the primary objective of primary exploring opportunities for strengthening women’s rights to own and inherit property. It observes that culture and the lack of access to justice make it impossible for women to enjoy these rights which has lead the increasing alienation of women and gradual abandonment of the communal responsibility to take care of the vulnerable. It is for these reasons that the policy project was undertaken. The selection of Luo Nyanza was based on the fact that it is the only place which experiences the twin problem of societal and cultural practices which discriminate against women. The study records that the project had a positive impact in the sense that it managed to protect the rights of women reduce the vulnerability of the women to HIV. In addition to this, it notes that children benefitted when the women did. Download Report

A Report on Gender Audit of the Situation of Women & other Vulnerable Human Rights Defenders in Kenya

This report explores the role of women and other vulnerable Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and seeks to identify the risks and violations committed against them. It also examines the measures put in place to protect women and developing best practices aimed towards protection. The study observes that despite the existence of a plethora of legally binding instruments that require the protection of WHRDs, the risks and threats of violation are still high. Examples of violation include: harassment; arbitrary arrest; physical violence and intimidation. Of interest is the finding that the main perpetrators of the aforementioned are mostly public officers such as the police. Moreover, it notes that there is generally insufficient state protection afforded to their activities. The conclusion arrived at is that the protection of WHRDs is essential for peace, security, development and respect of human rights. In this regard, the recommendations include the state promotion and protection of the rights to freedom of expression and association as well as the guaranteeing of prompt and impartial investigation of violations followed by the prosecution of the perpetrators. Download Report