In July 2018, we brought you the nitty gritty of the first ever Global Disability Summit in London, that had been co-hosted by Kenya and the U.K governments, on The Chamwada Report. We focused on the plight of persons with disabilities under the hashtag #LeaveNoOneBehind. The key pointers discussed in the 2018 summit included; finding ways to increase disability inclusion ad tackle stigma in low-income countries.
This time round, CHAMS media team takes you through what has happened since then. One year on, key stakeholders gathered at National Council for Persons with Disabilities in Westlands, Nairobi; on Friday 26th July 2019, to celebrate the achievements the country has made towards disability inclusion and to reflect on what more needs to be done. During the function attended by the outgoing British High Commissioner to Kenya Nick Hailey a new initiative to boost inclusivity in education was launched.
The British High Commissioner launched two key initiatives; Innovation to Inclusion and Inclusion works. The two new launched UK funded programs shall bring together a consortium of influential partners who will work collaboratively to ensure persons with disabilities, a critically under-utilized talent pool, are actively recruited and retained in meaningful employment in the private sector.
Other key take-home messages from the summit were inclusive education and the use of technology and innovation to empower persons with disabilities.
Like in many other areas, Kenya has put in place progressive policy and legal frameworks with the intention of improving lives of Persons with Disability. However, implementation of these and many other policies and legal frameworks, have been weak. This is what stakeholders hope will change even as Kenya stays true to the commitments made during the Global Disability Summit.
Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) is an everyday occurrence; it exists within family units, communities, and sadly, not so much is done to curb this heinous act. Many vulnerable victims, including women and girls from violence prone communities and people with disabilities have gone through this ordeal, and most of these cases end up non-resolved. This week on The Chamwada Report, Chams media focuses on the need for SGBV survivors to access justice and support from all across; in consideration to an organisation that has taken initiative to walk with these survivors of SGBV through their pain and trauma, recovery journey and in their quest to access justice.
Enhancing access to justice for the victims requires a concerted effort and the Coalition on Violence Against Women is one of the organisations championing accountability and justice for victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence. So far, COVAW has litigated on 11 matters in Nairobi, Kitui, Nyeri, Laikipia and Kiambu counties, with 3 cases still pending before court. The organization is documenting and providing response to survivors of sexual violence (SV) under a project known as Access to Justice and Women's Rights (AJWR).
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From psychologists and counselors, to pro bono lawyers and community legal awareness forums, COVAW is on the front line in ensuring these survivors eventually have Access to Justice. It is quite unfortunate that within our societies, vulnerable women and girls including people with intellectual challenges are being sexually violated. Thanks to institutional challenges such as lack of support from police, or gaps within the legal systems or even poor health facilities and/or services, these victims find it hard to access justice and are forced to move on with their pain and trauma. Yet this should not be the case.
Find out about this and more tonight on The Chamwada Report on KTN News at 8:3opm.