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Advocacy and Lobbying

Ripples International is a child focused organization dedicated to saving and serving Children through community focused initiatives in Kenya.

Advocacy And Lobbying

Every day in Kenya, women are confronted by discrimination, inequality and violence. They face violence, abuse and unequal treatment at home, at work and in their wider communities – and are denied opportunities to learn, to earn and to lead.

Women form the majority of those living in poverty. They have fewer resources, less power and less influence compared to men, and can experience further inequality because of their class, ethnicity and age, as well as religious and other fundamentalism. Gender inequality is a key driver of poverty. And a fundamental denial of women’s rights.

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WHAT WE DO
That singular goal we started off with of rescuing abandoned babies and rehabilitating orphans and vulnerable children in society has reaped massive rewards. Thanks to our work, we have expanded our focus to key community development initiatives related to women and children in Kenya.

Facts and figures from Kenya,

  • Violence again women and girls: On average 1 in 3 women and girls will experience violence or abuse in their lifetime.
  • Leadership and power: In Kenya women account for less than 23% of the Kenya’s parliamentarians both at the senate and national assembly (2017 elections).
  • Employment opportunities: A Kenyan woman is paid Sh55 for every Sh100 paid to a man for doing a similar job

The Case for Advocacy

Kenya is a signatory to a host of International and Regional Treaties, Conventions and Protocols all geared towards the eradication of Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG). The 2010 constitution and several other laws have been put in place to domesticate the protection of women and girls against violence and discrimination.

However, despite of all these Protections, Kenya still has a very high prevalence in issues relating to Gender Based Violence.  Harmful gender norms and systemic weaknesses all impede the full implementation of protection laws and realisation of the empowerment goals for women and girls.

Our aims

Ripples International understands gender justice as the full equality and equity between women and men in all spheres of life, resulting in women jointly, and on an equal basis with men, defining and shaping the policies, structures and decisions that affect their lives and society as a whole.

Our aim is to reduce all forms of discrimination against women and Girls in Public and private spheres considering trafficking, sexual and the varying forms of emerging violence. We seek to create an enabling environment by engaging men and boys as crucial partners to tackle the harmful gender norms that drive VAWG. We creating the necessary strategic remedies in ensuring women and girls have access to information to drive change in social norms.

Our approach

Primary prevention, or stopping Violence before it occurs has been the most strategic approach to ending VAWG in our areas of operation. Community level Prevention strategies include Advocacy which tackles harmful social norms and gender power imbalances. Also we engage in Trainings that enhance capacity of stakeholders to drive positive change within the community and also the creation of Platforms for engagement with Government for Policy and Law Reform.

Latest Projects and activities

1.Gender mainstreaming policy for the Meru County – in progress

Integrating gender perspectives in management of county affairs

 

Ripples International partnered with CREAW to provide a Gender Policy for the County. The Petition recommended law and policy reform to existing laws relating to GBV.

The Gender Mainstreaming Policy will involve the integration of gender perspectives into preparation, design and implementation of policies that affect the County. Part of the engagements to kick off the process was a one day stakeholder meeting on the Gender Mainstreaming Policy held at the Meru Slopes Hotel brought together Members from the Judiciary and Human Rights Commission, The Police, Children’s Department and Women’s Rights Groups. Ripples further charged the Duty Bearers to improve and put in place laws and policies to prevent and respond to violence against women noting that a gender mainstreaming policy could not have come at a better time.

2. Antiviolence petition on emerging forms of violence – in progress

The Petition proposes amendments to existing laws such as the Protection against Domestic Violence Act and the Computer Misuse and Cyber Crimes Act.

The amendments specifically target the emerging forms of violence that are currently not anchored in the statute books such as online solicitation of minors, Cyber Blackmail, Cyber stalking, Stealthing, Religious Abuse and Pharming. The Petition was handed over to the National Commission on the Administrative of Jus-tice (NCAJ) which is the umbrella commission that oversees justice Administration in the country. The drafting of the petition had been a long arduous process involving several partners including FIDA Kenya, The Kenya Law Reform Commission, The Ombudsman, Human Rights Commission and Attorney General’s Office. The Proposal was highly commended by NCAJ and they noted that the current court processes used by survivors of GBV was a huge disincentive to both Pro bono lawyers as well as the survivors themselves because materials used in the process of documentation made it expensive and this contributed to in-access to Jus-tice for survivors of GBV.

The Recommendations to Government also included simplified drafts of Protection orders, Maintenance, Custody and Paternity Orders that hitherto made court processes too expensive for survivors of Victims of GBV.

3. Construction of the Juvenile Court in Meru

Securing the rights of child offenders

 

 

 

 

Children in need of care and protection as well as those in conflict with the law have been for the longest time bundled together with adult offenders some of who were hardened criminals. These vulnerable children were sometimes abused behind bars and so when Hon Lucy Ambasi approached Ripples International to source for funding to erect a separate block for these children, we felt it would be victory for Justice.

 

In September 2019, the funds were secured and ground breaking done. Ripples International handed over the children holding cell to the Judiciary on 10th December 2019 which also happened to be International Human Rights day. The handover was presided over by the Presiding judge, Justice Alfred Mabeya and Hon Lucy Ambasi.

4. Police Training

Preservation of Evidence and Preparation of Civil Reliefs

 

 

 

 

Access to justice means that those involved in the administration of justice, are well equipped and informed on various aspects of the law and the procedures.

Against this backdrop, Ripples International has trained police officers on the preservation of evidence and the preparation of civil reliefs for survivors of Gender Based Violence. The Police Officers represented Gender Officers from all Police Stations across Meru County.

The trainings have equipped officers on handling survivors of Gender Based Violence right from when cases are reported to when the matter is lodged in court. It is noteworthy that most cases of Gender Based Violence register no convictions due to poor handling of evidence. The officers have also been educated on the preparation of Protection Orders, Maintenance, Custody and other civil reliefs necessary for the survivors of Gender Based Violence to access justice.

 

In September 2019, the funds were secured and ground breaking done. Ripples International handed over the children holding cell to the Judiciary on 10th December 2019 which also happened to be International Human Rights day. The handover was presided over by the Presiding judge, Justice Alfred Mabeya and Hon Lucy Ambasi.

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MEET OUR LEADERSHIP

Advocacy and Lobbying

Gender inequality is a key driver of poverty.
And a fundamental denial of women’s rights.