Thanks to our network of incredible volunteers, dedicated staff and generous benefactors, we are doing amazing things to improve the lives of Kenya’s citizens. To do the most good, Amnesty Kenya has identified specific areas of concern and developed initiatives that focus on educating and enacting change.
ADEQUATE HOUSING RIGHTS
People living in highly impoverished neighborhoods, informal settlements, or slums, often face abuse by law enforcement, sexual violence, and random evictions. These are violations of basic human rights and safety. Our programs seek to restore dignity and security for these residents, while empowering them with education and tools to change their situations through:
- Government lobbies for change
- New policy formation, including the Evictions and Resettlement Bill (ERB)
- Community actions, including marches and overnight vigils
- Education on sexual and gender based violence (SGBV)
- Community-police dialogue forums
- Human rights compliance workshops for the police
GROWTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION
When people understand their rights, they can become empowered to stand up for them. The goal of the Growth and Human Rights Education program is to attract new active Amnesty Kenya members living in Kenya. The program makes the Kenyan public aware of various human rights issue through dialogue forums, community theatre, community radio shows, workshops, chief’s Barazas (community forums convened by a local administrator), churches, and sporting activities. To reach the largest number of people, we work with:
- University students through the Students Consortium for Human Rights Advocacy (SCHORA)— promoting essay writing competitions, photography competitions and the intervarsity human rights debate championships.
- High school teacher networks across the country—organizing essay competitions and human rights education festivals.
- Professional groups such as the Law Society of Kenya (LSK), East Africa Centre for Human Rights (EACH Rights), Peace Brigade International (PBI) and Alliance for Lawyers at Risk (ALR)—to create the Economic and Social (ECOSOC) Jurist of the Year award.
- The Africa Human Rights Education Project through regional networks in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Teso and Kakamega.
- Youth-based networks, such as DIRA –holding monthly bunges (community caucuses) and community trainings.
- The Ministry of Education—promoting a human rights theme at the annual Kenya Music Festivals.