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Victory in Nyeri!

Victory in Nyeri!


What and how we won!

We delivered the petition to OCPD Nyeri and held an intergender forum with the public and public transport operators in Nyeri. There has been no recurring incidents in Nyeri since then.

Why this is important

The Campaign "No to Undressing and Violation of Women and Girls" was motivated by the occurrence in Nyeri where a woman was stripped naked for apparently being indecently dressed. It is therefore perturbing such incidences continue to happen and go un-addressed. This is a form of violation that if not addressed will continue recurring. The aim of this petition is therefore to sensitize the public about this while also demanding for legal action so that perpetrators can be brought to book. This will also send a strong message to other citizens on the same.

The constitution of Kenya 27(4) states that “The State shall not discriminate directly or indirectly against any person on any ground, including race, sex, pregnancy, marital status, health status, ethnic or social origin, colour, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, dress, language or birth.
(5) A person shall not discriminate directly or indirectly against another person on any of the grounds specified or contemplated in clause (4).

As concerned citizens of this country:
1. We demand that the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Kimaiyo arrests the culprits of these heinous acts that contravenes the spirit of our constitution.
2. We demand that the political leadership in Nyeri, the Governor Hon. Nderitu Gachagua, the women representative Hon. Priscilla Nyokabi ,The Member of Parliament Hon. Esther Murugi and Senator Hon. Mutahi Kagwe urgently ensure the culprits are arrested and ensure that such violation of fellow human beings will not be tolerated in Nyeri County
3. We demand apology from the media presenters of the KTN who presented this issue as a flippant laughable issue hence ignoring the human dignity of the victim
4. We call upon Kenyans and leaders to critically address the root causes of these actions and preach respect of human rights and dignity of all.
Women’s freedom should not and cannot be curtailed to serve egoistic ends.

Posted April 4, 2013
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