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History of NGLHRC


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History of NGLHRC


Founded by six young legal advocates, The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) announced its foundation at its inaugural Gay and Lesbian Awards in December 2012. Held in Nairobi's City Hall, the Awards affirmed the Kenyanness of the LGBTIQ community while demanding for their inclusion in public and social organizing spaces. Since then, NGLHRC has been encouraging diversity and agitating for public dialogue on sex, sexuality, gender and non-conformity.

We began our work by conducting a nine month study to understand the needs and priorities of the LGBTIQ community. Our study found that current punitive criminal laws against expressions of same sex intimacy were a major barrier to equality. In effect, these laws convey to Kenyan society that LGBTIQ persons "are criminals," and should be treated "as you would a criminal.” This has allowed for ongoing and unfettered discrimination of the community. 

 
 

Our study also found that the LGBTIQ community was greatly in need of a national legal aid response mechanism that would:

  1. Prevent discrimination on account of real or presumed sexual orientation and gender identity, and

  2. Respond to discrimination on account of real or presumed sexual orientation and gender identity 

NGLHRC addresses these needs by providing a coordinated national legal aid response mechanism for Kenya's LGBTIQ community across every city, town, rural area, and county.

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NGLHRC's Mission and Values


NGLHRC's Mission and Values


 

Our mission is to promote and protect the equality and inclusion of LGBTIQ individuals and communities in Kenya, and advance their meaningful participation in society.

NGLHRC's key objectives are:

1. To achieve policy and legal reforms towards equality and full inclusion of sexual and gender minorities through strategic litigation, legal clinics, research and documentation and urgent action missions

2. To promote freedom of expression and association by building LGBTIQ movement and culture in Kenya through activities and calendar events

3. To encourage political and civic participation of LGBTIQ individuals and communities in Kenya through dialogue, lobbying, civic education and technical support to LGBTIQ political aspirants

 
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NGLHRC Publications & Reports


NGLHRC Publications & Reports


2017 Legal Aid Report by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

The Legal Aid Clinic has dealt with over 1500 cases since the inception of its Legal Aid Program in 2014. Of these, about 34% of cases reported are through allies and referrals, both in Nairobi and out of town.  In 2014, a total of 344 cases were reported, approximately 278 in 2015, 193 in 2016 and 433 cases in 2017. Read the full Legal Aid Report here. 


2017 Annual Report by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

Kindly contact our office to request a downloadable copy of our second Annual Report at info@nglhrc.com


2016 Annual Report by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

Read the first publication of our annual report, with a summary of the year's activities, our programmatic growth and a message from our Executive Director on our 2016 year. 

Click here to download a copy of our Annual Report. Printed copies are also available by request at our offices.


The Human Rights Situation, Case Law, and Research on Protections on Grounds of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression in the Republic of Kenya (2017) joint submission to the Office of the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (UN)

In response to the Call for Inputs issued by the Office of the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, this submission outlines the human rights situation of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex community in the Republic of Kenya (Kenya). In particular, this submission discusses the following underpinnings: i) decriminalisation of consensual same-sex relations; ii) effective anti-discrimination measures; iii) legal recognition of gender identity; iv) destigmatization linked with depathologisation; and v) socio-cultural inclusion. 


Paralegal Resource Guide (2017) by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

The Paralegal Resource Manual is part of NGLHRC’s ongoing work to enhance access to justice and bring to life the constitutional right of public participation of LGBTIQ individuals living in Kenya. The Paralegal Resource Manual is meant to increase knowledge of the rights entitled to LGBTIQSOGIE (Queer) persons by the Constitution of Kenya and understanding of the functioning of the judiciary system.

Click here to download a copy of the Paralegal Resource Manual. A few printed copies are also available by request at our offices.


Pocket Paralegal Resource Manual (2017) by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

The Pocket Paralegal Resource Manual is a shortened version of of our Paralegal Resource Manual for quick reference while in the field or as needed.

Click here to download a copy of the Pocket Paralegal Resource Manual. Printed copies are also available by request at our offices.


2016 Legal Aid Report by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

A summary of legal aid cases referred to NGLHRC in 2016 for violations against LGBTQI individuals throughout Kenya. 

Click here to download a copy of the report. 


"The study finds that human rights violations against LGBTI persons in Kenya are systematic, highly prevalent and generally not redressed by the state when called to. There is a high prevalence of violence upon LGBTI persons who are routinely abused, subjected to hate speech and incitement to violence, suffer physical violence in terms from mobs and occasionally raped by police, vigilantes and organized criminals."

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Staff and Board


Staff and Board


NGLHRC is managed by an energized and competent core staff. We regularly host volunteers and are overseen by a seven-person Advisory Board. Together, our staff, volunteers, and board represent a diversity of national backgrounds, expertise and gender balance.

our staff

Eric Gitari—Executive Director
(On Sabbatical through July 2018)

Eric is a human rights lawyer, queer activist and writer. As Executive Director, he oversees administration, programmes and strategic plan of our organisation.  He reports to our Advisory Board. 

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Njeri Gateru—Head of Legal Affairs
(Acting Executive Director)

Njeri heads the legal department and provides legal aid, litigation, documentation and advocacy services to persons violated on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. 

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Imani Kimiri—Safety and Security Response Personnel

Imani is a trained lawyer. who leads the response team when NGLHRC receives reports of violations of rights to privacy, dignity or equity of LGBTIQ or gender nonconforming persons.

Claire Fleming—Financial Consultant

Claire assists in accomplishing our financial objectives, developing financial strategies and monitoring our financial health. 

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Sophia Karani - Accountant 

Sophia helps NGLHRC maintain a clear, organized accounting system, analyze the financial data and advise towards the overall stability and progress of the organization.

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Gaitho Waruguru— Legal Research and Documentation Officer

Gaitho is a human rights lawyer responsible for streamlining NGLHRC's documentation and conducting legal research projects. 

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Mercy Njueh - Administration & Communications Assistant

Mercy oversees front desk operations of NGLHRC and is the face of our office. She also assists with running our social media platforms and managing external communication.

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Kari Mugo — Operations Manager

Kari is helping strengthen NGLHRC's internal operations, providing staff support and assisting in the implementation of our institutional growth plan.

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Robert Kungú - Accounts Assistant

Robert supports the work of the Accountant and Financial Consultant by undertaking clerical tasks, assisting with donor reporting and draft budgets, payroll and payment processing and reconciling finance accounts. 

OUR ADVISORY BOARD

Our work is overseen by an Advisory Board which meets quarterly to monitor and review programs.

 

Our Board is made up of: Achieng Akena, Dr. Brian Bichanga, Dr. Stella Bosire, Ng'ethe Githinji, Arnold Kwesiga and Beryl Ogutu. Read more about our Board here.