Challenges at the intersection of gender and ethnic identity in Kenya
By Laura A. Young for the Minority Rights Group.
Minority and indigenous women in Kenya are discriminated against on multiple levels; they are targeted because of their identification with a minority or indigenous group, and as women – both by cultural practices within their own community and because of gender discrimination more
This report examines the challenges and the new opportunities that have emerged with the passing of the new Constitution in 2010. The goal of the report is to reflect the voices and experiences of women from diverse minority and indigenous communities in Kenya.
The year 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities . It was unanimously adopted by the UN General Assembly on 18 December 1992 and is the primary UN document dedicated to the rights of minorities.
Minorities throughout the world have benefited from the adoption of the Declaration as the international community recognized and codified their rights, and national governments took action to protect these rights. But there is still a long way to go in order to fully implement this historic Declaration.
“The Anti-Slavery campaign in London has created a postcard sized leaflet to hand out to migrant workers, available in a range of languages. The postcard will make workers aware of their legal rights and spell out indicators of forced labour including having identity documents confiscated, being placed under constant control, being misled over working conditions, being forced to work against their will or working below the minimum wage or without pay.”
Publications on Africa, (Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog. Further details can be found on the website at: http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/) :
The Adoption and Ratification of the African Union’s Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa: An Analysis of the Discourse of States and the International Humanitarian Aid Community (University of the Witwatersrand, Feb. 2011) [text]
Kenya: Don’t Force 55,000 Refugees into Camps (Human Rights Watch, Jan. 2013) [text]
Kenya: Somali Refugees under Threat (Refugees International Blog, Jan. 2013) [text]
Mali’s Conflict Refugees: Responding to a Growing Crisis, Briefing Paper, no. 167 (Oxfam, Jan. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
Prepare for Displacement Crisis in Mali (Refugees International Blog, Jan. 2013) [text]