Today is International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, which has established itself as the single most important date for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons to unite globally and is aimed at decision makers, the media and public to promote LGBTI rights. In the spirit of unity and promoting these rights, we’ve put together some snapshots of our relevant work.
This infographic showcases the work of the Equal Rights Trust with its partner, the Federation of Women Lawyers - Kenya, and 33 Community Based Organisation to provide legal and financial support to women and girls experiencing gender-based violence, limited access to education, and problems inheriting land and property.
Today, on the occasion of Human Rights Day the Equal Rights Trust has launched My Children’s Future, a film which highlights the devastating consequences of laws implemented in 27 countries which deny women the ability to pass on nationality to their children.
Flyer focusing on the need to end gender discriminatory nationality laws which are implemented in 27 countries around the world. The flyer outlines successful advocacy campaigns in two countries - Indonesia and Kenya - which recently reformed their nationality laws.
Editorial from volume five of the Equal Rights Review.
Geneva, 22 September 2015
Today, a report which focuses on the devastating impact of discriminatory nationality laws in Madagascar and Nepal has been launched by the Equal Rights Trust. It outlines how, in some countries with such laws, women are not able to pass on citizenship to their children and identifies the myriad problems that result from this.
A report from the Equal Rights Trust which assesses the negative impact of gender discriminatory laws in Madagascar and Nepal which affect families lives as they are unable to access housing, jobs, education and healthcare alongside other basic human rights. The report also looks at countries which have reformed their laws - sharing their experiences and lessons. It serves to raise awareness on the issue and to encourage the remaining 27 countries around the world who implement such laws to enact reform and improve the lives of families affected.
The Equal Rights Trust has been involved in promoting improved protection from discrimination in Kenya since 2009. Our work involves empowering civil society to campaign for the adoption of equality legislation, supporting organisations working for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons and improving access to justice for victims of discrimination.
Highlights of our impact include:
London, 13 February 2015
On 10 January 2015, a member of the Migori County Assembly in Kenya was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for defiling (raping) a 13 year old girl. The Court found that Mr Lukas Masa Hura had abused the girl in May 2014, in a location within the County of which he was then a representative. The case is one of many examples of sexual abuse of women and girls that the Equal Rights Trust is seeking to address through its Comic Relief-funded Legal Assistance Scheme Project in Kenya. The victim in the case was supported by the community based organisation (CBO) Mira Residents Association, one of a number of CBOs across Kenya supported by the Equal Rights Trust and our partner, the Federation of Women Lawyers Kenya (FIDA Kenya) under the project.