AGA-Africa Programme and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) – Kenya collaborate for a Gender-Based Violence Webinar

“Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. It knows no social, economic or national boundaries. Worldwide, an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime.” ~ United Nations Population Fund (UNPF).

In keeping with its mission to build capacity of law enforcement officers in fighting transnational crime including Gender-Based Violence, AGA-Africa Programme in collaboration with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP)-Kenya, organized a ‘Gender-Based Violence’ webinar on 9th December, 2020. The webinar brought together prosecutors from Kenya.

The training was officially opened by Markus Green Esq. AGA-Africa Programme Board Member and Rodah Ogoma, Director, Prosecutors Training Institute (PTI) on behalf of Noordin Haji, the Director ODPP.

The webinar was ably moderated by Human Rights Lawyer, Lydia Muthiani.

Facilitators were Hon. Robert Hettleman, New York State Family Court Judge (retired) and Karen Sciarrotta, Prosecutor, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Phoenix, Arizona from the USA. Regional panellists were Dr. NgcimezileMbano-Mweso, Law Lecturer and Gender Activist, University of Malawi, Chancellor College and Janet Liabunya, Human/Child Rights Lawyer from Malawi, as Jacinta Nyaboke Nyamosi, Director, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Division, ODPP; Mueni Mutisya, Head of Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Protection Unit (AHTCPU), Kenya; Jacqueline Mutere, Founder & Director Grace Agenda, and Lydia Muthiani, Human Rights Lawyer, held the fort for Kenya.

The conversation revolved around the Prevalence of and Response to Gender Based Violence (GBV) during the COVID 19 Pandemic Period, investigation trends, barriers and challenges for victims as well as the prosecution of GBV suspects.

AGA-Africa Programme Administrative Director, Susan Lustig brought the insightful webinar to a close.