RightsNow! Activities in Kenya
In January 2016, RightsNow! sent a team of U.S. experts in disability law, coalition building, and political advocacy to Nairobi to conduct a five-day training with 36 DPO, government, and civil society leaders from throughout the country. The competency-based, interactive training included sessions that drew from the U.S. experience and provided opportunities for participants to explore key principles of laws affecting the rights of people with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, other U.S. laws, the Kenya People with Disabilities Act, and devolution. The training also included official meetings with representatives from the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in order to bring attention to systemic failures in, and opportunities for better implementation of disability rights laws and policies.
The training resulted in the development of specific plans for local actions that address priority issues in education, prevention of gender-based violence, infrastructural physical accessibility, access to information, employment, and political participation. The training also resulted in a stronger platform and network of a cross-disability rights leaders.
In April 2015, a RightsNow! team conducted a five-day introductory visit to Nairobi and met with a wide range of stakeholders to get first-hand information on the status of the implementation and enforcement of international and national disability legal frameworks. The U.S. experts co-facilitated three forums with disabled people’s organizations (DPOs), national and county government officials, and coalitions of civil society and disability rights organizations. The RightsNow! team also met with representatives from the US Embassy, USAID, and members of Parliament.
RightsNow! activities are arranged in collaboration with United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK).