The Mechanism for Community Policing and the Court Users Committee will ensure that the gains made in this project are maintained and that the GSM community remains protected and secure. This dialogue aims to address the obstacles that the Gender and Sexual Minority (GSM) community faces in regard to protection and security, and obtaining legal recourse. To this end, a Mechanism for Community Policing for the GSM community will be created, as well as supporting the Court Users Committee in their periodic convenings.
This initiative will provide a platform to discuss and address issues surrounding the GSM community’s access to justice and safety, bringing together CUC members which include but not limited to; magistrates, lawyers, law enforcement and local administrators. We will also have members of the GSM community present for and in this dialogue. The ultimate goals of this engagement are to improve coordination between the judicial system and the GSM community, recognize and address the obstacles that the GSM community faces in getting justice, and promote legislative measures that safeguard the security and rights of the GSM community.
The expected results of engaging members of the CUC in Mombasa include increased cooperation between the judicial system and the GSM community and increased knowledge of and comprehension of the special difficulties faced by the GSM community among legal experts and law enforcement officers. Additionally, specific proposals and action plans will be developed to promote policy change and greater access to justice.
Strategic advocacy engagements will result in real advances to the legal system and the general security and safety of the GSM community. To ensure the sustainability of these gains, the Mechanism for Community Policing and the Court Users Committee will be maintained to ensure ongoing communication and cooperation between the GSM community and the legal system.
For more discussions on this please contact:
- Maundu MICHAEL, Advocate of the High Court, Mombasa Court
- Wangari KELVIN, Policy and Advocacy assistant officer.
- Ominde HENRY, Communications Volunteer