Constitutions should enshrine and guarantee women’s human rights without exception. In particular, constitutions should:
Kenya – New Constitution a Chance for Significant Gains for Women
Kenya passed a new constitution in August 2010. The new document contains numerous provisions related to the rights of women, and civil society groups in Kenya are making a major effort to ensure that these provisions are implemented effectively to secure gains for women. Violence against women is now explicitly a constitutional matter – Art. 27(3) explicitly demands equal treatment for women and men and Art. 29 states that every person has the right not to be subjected to any form of violence from public or private sources. Also, the changes made by the constitution relative to vetting the judiciary, the structure of the police, and the mandate for devolved government could have a substantial impact on the way that crimes of violence against women are addressed. In order to take advantage of this transitional moment, the organization CLICK (Centre for Legal Information and Communication in Kenya) is working closely with parliamentary committees, the constitutional implementation commission and other bodies focused on constitutional implementation to provide expert input into how the provisions of the new constitution are operationalized.
Source: Interview with Makoyo. Executive Director, CLICK. 2011.