Ann Njogu

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Ann Njogu in 2010

Ann Njogu is a lawyer and activist from Kenya. In 2010, she received the International Women of Courage Award.[1]

Work[change | change source]

Njogu is the director of the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness. The center made a record of violence based on gender after the December 2007 Kenyan elections.[2] Njogu was also a leader in the Multi-Sectoral Committee on Constitutional Reform, the Joint Dialogue Forum on Constitutional Reform, and a delegate to the Bomas National Conference on Constitutional Reforms. These groups worked for better government.[1]

The 2006 Sexual Offenses Act[change | change source]

Njogu helped write the law for Kenya’s Sexual Offenses Act. This act became law in 2006.[1][3]

This law protects women from sexual and gender based violence. It helps abused women to find justice[4] Njogu also gave counseling and support to the victims of sexual and gender-based violence. [4] Njogu started centers to give information, legal aid, counseling and psychosocial support to women. The centers are all over the country. The first center was in Kibera slum. [4]

Arrests[change | change source]

In 2007, Njogu wanted a review of the salaries of the members of parliament. Kenya is very poor, but the members of parliament received a lot of money. The police attacked Njogu and took her to jail. [1] Njoogu and the others who were arrested filed a Constitutional reference. It was called "Ann Njogu and others versus the State." It said the police could not keep a Kenyan citizen in jail for more than 24 hours.[1]

In 2008, Njokgu helped to start the Civil Society Congress. This group worked for better government after the 2007 Kenyan election. [5] In 2008 Njogu said there might be corrupttion in the sale of the Grand Regency Hotel. The police arrested Njokgu and they beat her. [6][1]

Awards[change | change source]

Njogu received a 2010 International Women of Courage Award from the U.S. Department of State. [1]

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "2010 International Women of Courage Award".
  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. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Ann Njogu - Ashoka - Innovators for the Public". ashoka.org.
  5. "AMIP News". us-africarelationsupdates.blogspot.com.
  6. "Kenya's Ann Njogu, is a "Woman of Courage"". Mshale.