Target: President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta
Goal: Support the women of Kenya as they seek justice for acts of sexual violence inflicted upon them
Six years ago, a wave of violence involving atrocities such as gang-rape swept through Kenya after the presidential elections. Women were assaulted and attacked; Some women were beaten and raped as their children and husbands watched helplessly. After they were sexually violated and beaten, many women would be greeted with laughter and ridicule from police officers when they sought out help and tried to report the crimes at the police station. When Kenya’s director of public prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko, failed to investigate and prosecute thousands of cases involving abuse and sexual violence, survivors of the post-election gender-based violence began the process of suing Tobiko for failing to investigate their cases.
Along with thousands of women who suffered from sexual violence during the wave of violence, nearly 160 girls between the ages of 3 and 11 were also sexually assaulted during this time. Most of them have not yet gotten justice for the atrocious acts inflicted upon them six years ago. These women have come together in a courtroom to sue the director of public prosecutions and several other senior government officials for failing to prosecute their cases.
Although Kenya’s most recent constitution shows signs of progressive elements, there are not enough significant contributions to help end sexual violence or strengthen the right of women in that country. For now, the women of Kenya will continue to fight this battle until sexual violence is no longer acceptable. Sign this petition and support them in their fight for justice.
Dear President Uhuru Kenyatta,
It has sadly come to my attention that many women in your country who were affected by the wave of violence after the presidential election six years ago still have not received justice for the crimes of sexual violence inflicted upon them. Many of these women were raped and beaten in front of their children and husbands, and ridiculed when they attempted to report the crimes.
The victims included about 160 girls around the ages of 3 and 11. The fact that these girls had to suffer such atrocities at such a young age is absolutely horrifying. These women and girls have waited far too long for the justice that is due to them.
As the president of Kenya, I urge you to support these survivors in their fight to obtain justice.
[Your Name Here]
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