DEAR HRDs, and partners
On behalf of the NCHRD-K team, receive our New Year greetings. For the last 10 years, NCHRD-K has been at the forefront advocating for the rights of human rights defenders in Kenya to operate freely in a secure environment to advance human rightsOur vision is just society without human rights violation.
The new year 2018 is an opportunity to remind ourselves of the critical role that human rights defenders play in the society. This work require national legal protection in line with the UN Guidelines for human rights defenders.
The affront on the operating civic Space for CSOs in Kenya and in the Horn of Africa at large is a wake up call for all HRDs to re-strategize their activities and increase on advocacy activities that will help in protecting the civic space.As we start 2018, NCHRD-K will continue to work with HRDs from the community to national level to ensure that the constitutionally guaranteed human rights are promoted and protected.
Kindly follow our website and social media sites for updates on the various activities planned for the year.
#ProudlyHRD. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!
Kamau Ngugi,National Coordinator
Download the press statement here: http://nchrdk.org/?attachment_id=1991
Many of the challenges at the intersection of women’s rights and technology as it relates to privacy and surveillance, come down to control. Such challenges have come sharply into focus as societies trend toward surveillance by default and foster data exploitative ecosystem.
And whilst control, in the context of privacy, should be about one’s control of their data, the limitations that are set, and the boundaries one erects between one’s self and others, unfortunately the dominant narrative has been about something else. The focus has been about the powerful, the State, industry, and dominant males, being given legitimacy within patriarchal societies to exercise their control over people, over women, in the name of security, economic prosperity, and self-empowerment.
Feminists argue that surveillance itself is tool of patriarchy which controls and limits the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms online and offline. Whilst national and legal frameworks uphold equal rights and their enjoyment without discrimination, in practice, the adoption of national legislation, as well as sectoral policies and laws have resulted in the development of a differential treatment of women and girls, and men and boys. While data and technology are presented as being ‘gender-neutral’, the way they are used is not, and so existing inequalities are
maintained or in some circumstances heightened.
Changes in policies and the adoption of new practices by the State but also industry, can result in changes in gender roles and power structures for the better through improved empowerment and access to equal opportunities, but also for the worse. In this special briefing for International Women’s Day 2017, we explore through the work of the Privacy International Network some areas of concern being addressed in relation to privacy, surveillance, women’s rights, and gender.
Fundación Karisma presents concerns in relation to both of those topics, the work of female journalists and the need for ensuring secure access to the internet for women so it is truly a space that enables the enjoyment of their fundamental rights, and not a tool for abuse. In Kenya, the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (NCHRD-K) remains highly concerned by the threats to women human rights defenders in a context of arbitrary surveillance, but also physical abuse.
Read the full report here: IWD_2017