This programme seeks to contribute to the realization of constitutional gains by women through county level actions, interface with duty bearers, media advocacy and capacity building.
The Constitution of Kenya 2010 has been lauded as one of the most progressive pieces of legislation in the world. Its provisions have secured the rights of traditionally marginalized groups including women and youth and it has significantly expanded the space for realization of human rights and promotion of democratic governance. However, despite having the CoK 2010(CoK 2010) in place there are real and ever present challenges that bedevil its implementation Continuous erosion of Constitution provisions by a self serving political class, lopsided Judicial interpretations of its provisions, ultra vires acts by the executive have contributed to deliberate stalling of its implementation by the concerned institutions. Further to these Kenyans who continue to suffer increasing costs of living, unrealistic priorities by the National and County Governments, proposals for increased taxation, high unemployment, insecurity, poor infrastructure are yet to crystallize and tangibly benefit from the gains. After the promulgation of CoK 2010 , the ideals of this democratic phase are:
- Transformative Constitutionalism-making CoK 2010 work to lead to the realization of the aspirations of the Kenyan people, and to fundamentally change their lives for the better.
- The rule of law – the recognition of the supremacy of CoK 2010 and respect of rule of law is essential to ensure equality under the law. As such this is the phase of “calling the bluff” of CoK 2010, the phase of litigation, of judicial reviews, of demanding preventive justice undisturbed realization of all rights in CoK 2010)
- For advocates of justice, it is the time for legislative and policy development, and institutional development, in order to develop the structures and mechanisms that will deliver the social goods promised.
Gains in women’s rights as outlined in COK 2010 are significantly realised.
- To facilitate progressive judicial interpretations of Constitutional provisions that affect women’s rights
- To empower women groups in key target areas to claim rights from duty bearers
- To strengthen the capacity of duty bearers including those engaged in constitution implementation to incorporate gender perspectives in development and implementation of laws, policies and regulations.
- County-level capacity trainings for women groups and organized women networks.
- Institutional strengthening through skills building and knowledge management training for duty bearers.
- Research, documentation and dissemination.
- Media advocacy.
Supporting Kenya’s reform agenda.
CREAW continues to be one of the key organizations at the forefront in championing the realization of constitutional gains by women. Our actions to promote constitutionalism through Public Interest Litigation has resulted in significant changes in the process of nominations and appointments to public office which have since adhered to affirmative action requirements as per the Constitution. Our county level actions, media advocacy and continous interface with duty bearers has seen the debate on development of affirmative action legislation carry on within and outside the institutions and public spaces. To this extent our engagement in various constitutional reform processes has contributed significantly to securing of affirmative action in the Constitution of Kenya. This has significantly opened up space for more women to enter leadership positions which can be attested to by 680 women at the county level and 81 women at the national level women who now occupy decision making structures following the March 4th Elections.