Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Human Rights in Kenya

September 29, 2020 - The Human Rights Center hosted Eric Mawira Gitari to discuss how laws that discriminate against LGBTQ+ communities impact social realities and human rights advocacy within Kenya and other African countries.

Kenya is one of more than 70+ countries in the world where homosexuality is criminalized. How do laws that discriminate against LGBTQ+ communities impact social realities and human rights advocacy within Kenya and other African countries? The Human Rights Center’s hosts Eric Mawira Gitari for a special event, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Human Rights in Kenya.

Utilizing his own research and information from other experts in the field, Gitari discussed the experience of working on violence prevention and healthcare access for LGBTQ+ individuals, Kenya’s constitutional framework for protecting human rights and recent high-profile legal battles, and a comparative look at Kenya with other countries in the region in terms of enforcing human rights protections for LGBTQ+ communities, including on housing, employment, right to association, and fair trial.

Moderated by Dr. Eunice Areba, this conversation was part of the Human Rights Center’s ongoing Human Rights in Practice series and hosted in partnership with UMN Extension Global Initiatives, the Advocates for Human Rights, and the UMN Human Rights Program.