Amnesty International Kenya has released its Discrimination Index, a comprehensive report shedding light on the pervasive nature of discrimination across various sectors of Kenyan society.

The index, based on extensive research and data collection, reveals alarming statistics, indicating that discrimination remains a significant challenge impacting the lives of millions of Kenyans. Discrimination persists as a legal and social issue, intersecting with factors such as gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability, perpetuating injustices and endangering the lives of countless individuals.    

Amnesty International Kenya’s latest findings unveil a disturbing reality: femicide and violence against women are reaching alarming levels in Kenya. Majority of women who have fallen victim to gender-motivated killings were targeted by intimate partners or individuals known to them.

In addition, it reveals pervasive discrimination and violence faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in Kenya, fueled by societal stigma and legal prohibitions against same-sex relations. Shockingly, reported cases of physical assault resulting in grievous bodily harm highlight the growing normalization of violence against the LGBTQ+ community. 

Persons with disabilities in Kenya confront multiple barriers to social inclusion and equal participation, ranging from inaccessible infrastructure to limited employment opportunities. The Discrimination Index highlights significant gaps in representation within the public service, with only 1% of the County Public Service comprising Persons Living with Disabilities as per the National Cohesion and Integration Commission.

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