Justice delayed is Justice denied. Call for #Njeri‘sJustice on 30th November to 3rd December 2015 at Milimani Courts at 9am.
In Kenya, this year’s, V-Day’s International Women’s celebration was marked by the hosting of Vagina Monologues show at Alliance Francaise in memory of Njeri, a 19 year old girl whose justice is yet to be served. Njeri was raped, murdered and found dead stark naked on June 2013 in Kikuyu. According to the post-mortem, she was raped, stabbed 12 times including the neck, back, thighs and legs. The accused was released on bail.

Justice delayed is Justice denied: We sent the below letter to DPP to alert him about this court case. This court case has been adjourned several times for the past 2 years. With the recent reports of rape and assault incidences in corridors of power, it is our hope that the law will take the course and justice will prevail. The sense of confidence in the courts is essential to maintain the very fabric of the society and the delay of the justice system to serve justice destroys that confidence and may even drain a just judgment of its value. In the larger sense, the public may come to believe that the justice system cannot fulfill its primary function to protect its society.

Despite the adjournments, we have not forgotten Njeri and we are calling members of the public to attend the court hearing dates as a show of confidence that the wheel of justice will roll faster and justice will be served. The Court hearing dates were scheduled for 30th March 2015 and 8th April 2015 at Milimani Courts but rescheduled to 30th Nov to 3rd December, 2015.

Other courts case that we are following up on: Kayole stripping case hearing which was scheduled for April 1 was postponed to December 21st, 2015 at Makadara Court.

Colour of solidarity: purple or black. We will be handing out purple ribbons before the hearing.

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Letter to the DPP requesting for a special prosecutor and detention of the accused.

Letter to the DPP requesting for a special prosecutor and detention of the accused.


Disclaimer:Refrain from making comments about the merit of the case as it is pending in court.
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Creating safe commuter spaces

 

We at Flone Initiative believe that everyone has a right to feel safe and confident without being harassed or objectified. Groping, lewd comments and assault on public transit are a daily reality for women and girls, and Kenya is no exception.

Harassment on public transport in particular poses dangers for women and girls. It shapes our understanding of personal space and hinders mobility and participation in public life. This quarter, we held a Public Safety Certification (PSC) training of public transit workers. The training included drivers and touts in Nakuru County. The training was engaging and effective, with positive feedback from our participants about Flone’s message.

And, we are pleased to share that our next PSC training is being prepared for January 2016 and will be held in Nairobi County!

Flone Initiative aims to create a transport environment free from harassment and our Ushahidi crowdmap focuses on encouraging victims and witnesses to report crimes. Since its launch, we have seen dramatic increases in both confidence to report crime and in the number of  perpetrators being summoned to justice. The map shows how much of a challenge we face making public transport safe for women and girls.

We have begun the first in a series of social media efforts to highlight our campaign of zero-tolerance for gender-based violence in public transit. We will publish our efforts on Facebook and Twitter under the hashtag HerTravels, which will include reintroducing our existing safety platform at Ushahidi.

The #HerTravels campaign includes:

– Creating public awareness through a social media campaign to highlight the importance of safe public transit for women and girls in Kenya

– Training public transit employees on how to interact respectfully with female passengers and respond to violent, harassing or inappropriate behaviors on their routes

– Increasing awareness and use of Flone’s crowdmap platform at Ushahidi. The Flone Initiative map allows us to see precisely where women and girls have been targeted. Self-reported incidents allow us to accurately track violence and use the data to affect change and influence policy.

We invite you to participate in the #HerTravels campaign by re-Tweeting our messages or Tweeting your own words of support. We also encourage you to share your experiences with us. We are the collective voices of victims and survivors, and the hopes of real women and girls behind the statistics and numbers.

Your continued support is greatly appreciated. Flone has achieved great successes thanks to your kindness and generosity. Together, we can prevent and end gender-based violence, and guide discussions towards real change for a better Kenya!