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ENHANCING SAFETY SECURITY RISKS AMONG SOGIE HRDs BY LINKING THEM WITH MAINSTREAM HRDs

CONCEPT NOTE

Intolerance towards LGB/ITGNC individuals and organizations is exacerbated by laws which make same sex activity illegal. This creates an unsafe environment for LGB/ITGNC individuals to live openly in regard to their sexual identity and orientation, and hinders their access to health, safety and other public services. Despite Kenya being one of the more progressive countries in East Africa regarding LGB/ITGNC awareness and rights, the nation still prohibits the group. From 2010 to 2014, Kenya prosecuted 595 people for their sexuality, and LGBTI organization, based in Nairobi, have been working to reverse strict laws prohibiting gay relationships.[1] More so, ITGNC HRDs together with their constituents face a number of challenges and issues in their work. Their work is never safe even where they have to set up an office due to fear of victimization by either the landlord or the community around. Security is not guaranteed when they are training their members especially now that they have to do it in their office compound. The sensation about it all turns to be a security threat to them. They have to be mindful of socialization issues and places.

NCHRD-K in partnership with GALCK developed a SOGIE guide and a training manual for the SOGIE community in 2017. The guide provides practical step- by step ways to ensure safety and security of LGBTI persons and SOGIE HRDs/ HROs that recognize and work to defend SOGIE as human rights in Kenya. It presents key concepts of safety, protection and security. It looks at risks and threats, and how SOGIE persons and SOGIE HRDs can respond to them and also provide information and explanation on what contributes to security risks and threats.

With all this in mind their is great need to sensitize SOGIE HRDs on the guide in order to enhance their ability to protect themselves in their often dangerous working conditions as well as contribute to enhanced efficiency in their efforts to protect those whose rights have been violated. NCHRD- K has also noted their is need of having a conversational circle  amongst SOGIE HRDs and the mainstream CSO HRDs in order to enhance the voicing of SOGIE HRDs to articulate their issues better while enabling the mainstream CSO HRDs voice SOGIE issues effectively.

It is for these and other reasons that NCHRD-K convenes a one-day dialogue with HRDs and CSOs working on SOGIE issues. The activities are designed to address the legal and political side of human rights work as well as the individual and emotional aspect of it that mostly becomes relevant in situations of intimidation, persecution and detention. This is confounded in the conviction that only a comprehensive strategy will effectively enhance HRDs’ capacity to execute their work more efficiently which will translate into improved ability of self-protection.

OBJECTIVE

To convene a conversational circle amongst SOGIE HRDs and the mainstream CSO HRDs in order to enhance the voicing of LGBQ HRDs to articulate their issues better while enabling the mainstream CSO HRDs voice SOGIE issues effectively.

OUTCOME

A working framework on safety and protection measures amongst SOGIE HRDs and mainstream HROs working on/ supporting SOGIE issues.

[1] In East Africa, Threats to LGBTQ Rights Intensify, Source; http://www.passblue.com/2017/12/12/in-east-africa-threats-to-lgbtq-rights-intensify/ , last accessed 21st July 2018

 

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