Ann Njogu

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Ann Njogu in 2010

Ann Njogu is a Kenyan activist.[1] In 2010, she was the director of the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness, which among other things documented sexual- and gender-based violence after the Kenyan general election in December 2007.[2] She was also a drafter of and lobbyist for Kenya’s Sexual Offences Act, which became law in 2006.[1][3][4]

Background[edit]

In addition to her work on sexual and gender violence, Njogu was the Co-Chair of the Multi-Sectoral Committee on Constitutional Reform, the Co-Chair of the Joint Dialogue Forum on Constitutional Reform, and a delegate to the Bomas National Conference on Constitutional Reforms.[1] In 2007, she was attacked and arrested by state security forces for demanding that Members of Parliament review their salaries, which were very large despite Kenya's poverty.[1] She and the others who were arrested filed a Constitutional reference popularly known as "Ann Njogu and others versus the State," which was successful in limiting the time a Kenyan citizen could be held in custody to 24 hours.[1] In 2008, she was a co-convenor of the Civil Society Congress, which worked to improve politics after the violence in the wake of the December 2007 Kenyan elections.[5]

In 2008 she was beaten and sexually molested by the police when they arrested her and others for suggesting corruption might have occurred in the sale of the Grand Regency Hotel.[6][1]

Njogu received a 2010 International Women of Courage award.[1]

In 2012 she and her son were charged with assaulting her father but in 2013 they was acquitted.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Ann Njogu, Kenya". U.S. Department of State.
  2. ^ "Courage, and Heart, on Behalf of Kenya's Women". The Huffington Post.
  3. ^ http://www.chr.up.ac.za/undp/domestic/docs/legislation_40.pdf
  4. ^ "Kenyan Sexual offence act" (PDF). 21 July 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  5. ^ "AMIP News". us-africarelationsupdates.blogspot.com.
  6. ^ "Kenya's Ann Njogu, is a "Woman of Courage"". Mshale.
  7. ^ Court rules Ann Njogu and son have no case to answer, SAR, Retrieved 16 July 2016