NGLHRC holds monthly forums in Nairobi to address the unique needs of lesbian, bisexual, queer women and non-binary persons. Our forums increase civic awareness and create a space for discussion and programming around safety and security, health and wellness.
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In Kenya, the existing criminal sanctions against expression of same gender love inform public attitudes and opinions towards same sex relationships or those who do not conform to gender norms. As in other social issues, this discrimination and violence affects lesbian, bisexual, queer, trans* diverse and gender nonconforming persons differently because of patriarchy and sexism.
Thanks to this programming—and other efforts—we have noted increased reporting of violations within this bracket and an improved understanding of the law with regard to Kenyan queer citizenry.
NGLHRC has identified an urgent need to replicate the successes of its Nairobi forum across three regional towns (Mombasa, Kisumu and Eldoret) where queer women or women who are perceived to be non-conforming are facing increasing attacks and evictions. We continue to design these programmes and hope to launch them soon.