Many thanks for all the support, the love, the solidarity and outrage for #JusticeForLiz. Unbelievable how far a petition that had an initial target of 1000 could go – now at 1.3 million and counting.
This story has gone global – with vast media coverage from Al Jazeera, CNN, BBC, RFI, AFP, Reuters, and numerous other media platforms … #JusticeForLiz has also trended globally. (Media Coverage Mapping)
Yesterday, we managed to mobilize at least 500 people including 100 FEMNET members – African women from across the continent – to come to the streets to say “Enough is Enough” to demand Justice, Dignity and Respect – for Liz and all other survivors and victims of violence.
We presented the 1.3million+ petition to the Office of the Inspector General, along with a list of our key demands. Although the Inspector General wasn’t there to receive us himself, the Chief of Staff received us, took his time, answered our questions and asked us to come back today for a private meeting.
The way we were received today – starting at the gate (with soldiers greetings us warmly with smiles, telling us “you’re the ones from yesterday!” and introducing themselves to us, taking us to the office) – the Chief of Staff and his fellow officers taking over 2 hours to sit down and discuss our concerns and demands and to be able to come up with a number of immediate and long-term strategies including; revising the police curriculum and service standards to ensure gender sensitivity across the board, guidelines on how to handle gender crimes and the establishment of gender response units.
Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has also referred this case to the National Council for Administrative Justice, top-level oversight body which brings together the judiciary, the police, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney General.
We’ll be following this up – we will not stop until there is a precedent set with this case and due diligence is followed through and Liz’s case becomes a turning point for the way such crimes are handled, in Kenya and across the region.
The culture of violence, impunity and lack of accountability must come to an end.