Kenya women dating organisations
The High Court ruling in 2015, which ordered the registration of NGLHRC, stated: “As a society, once we recognise that persons who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex are human beings …
we must accord them the human rights which are guaranteed by the Constitution to all persons, by virtue of their being human, in order to protect their dignity as human as stated in Article 19(2) of the constitution of Kenya.” The Court said that under Articles 36 and 27 of the Constitution of Kenya, every person, including gay and lesbian persons, has the right to the freedom of association irrespective of their sexual orientation.
NGLHRC’s co-founder and former Executive Director, Eric Gitari, challenged the decision by filing a petition, citing Article 36 of the Constitution of Kenya, which protects every Kenyan citizen’s freedom to associate with others.
“That is a freedom enshrined in the constitution and the fact that the Court of Appeals agrees with us and allows us to register as an organisation is not only a win for us as an organisation, but a win for human rights.” On the impact the ruling will have, Njeri said: “The ruling only brings inclusivity and sets a positive precedent for other rights organisations, in Kenya and around Africa”.
The NGLHRC has struggled with registration since it was founded in 2012.
Numerous other policies have addressed child marriage, including: Under the Children Act 2016 the minimum legal age of marriage is 18 years with no exceptions.
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