As members of FIDA-Kenya, we mourn with the family of the late Honourable Mr. Justice Joseph Louis Onguto who was an exemplary judge and one who brought true meaning to the title Honourable through his work.

The Judge stayed true to the law and was instrumental in the actualization of constitutional gains for women in Kenya and in particular, his decision in respect of the two thirds rule in the case of Marilyn Muthoni Kamuru & 2 others vs. the Attorney General & Another which held that the President had contravened the law by nominating, appointing and maintaining a Cabinet that did not meet the two thirds gender rule. This decision emboldened FIDA-Kenya in its push for equality for women in leadership positions in government. This decision has further reinforced our advocacy work in gender mainstreaming.

Indeed he will be dearly missed.

Josephine Wambua – Mong’are   

Chairperson FIDA – Kenya 


DATE: Monday 29th January, 2018


Kenyans have once again been treated to impunity by the government. The new Cabinet appointments bythe President, fails to meet the standard of the Constitution. The President has failed to live up to his personal promise, the Jubilee manifesto and most of all adherence to the provisions of the Constitution that he swore to uphold when he took office. The President has made a selection of cabinet secretaries that not only discriminates women, but also persons with disabilities and the youth as well.

Article 27 (3) states that, “Women and men have the right to equal treatment, including the right to equal opportunities in political, economic, cultural and social spheres.” The Constitution additionally states in Article 27 (4) that, “The State shall not discriminate directly or indirectly against any person on any ground, including race, sex, pregnancy, marital status, health status, ethnic or social origin, colour, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, dress, language or birth.” Furthermore, Article 81 (b) provides that, “not more than two-thirds of the members of elective public bodies shall be of the same gender.”

The President had the opportunity to appoint a new Cabinet to constitute a maximum of 22 Cabinet Secretaries; at least 7 of these appointees should have been women. Further in a cabinet totaling 25 members at least 9 should be women.

It is further unfortunate that the new Cabinet appointees are to be vetted by a Parliament that is also unconstitutionally constituted. It is a parliament that does not meet the two-thirds gender rule. This is despite various outcries by the public, open letters to the president and the fact that Constitutional Courts have given over fivejudgmentsdirecting on the Constitution compliance.

Special interest groups (Women, Youth, PWD, Marginalized, Rural Women) are able to take up the leadership roles in this Country. Further the female fraternity can deliver in equal measure as to their male counterparts or even do better. We therefore call upon the President to abide by the Constitution and make the right decision. It is not in the President’s interest to lead a government that always pushes its citizens to unconventional means of accessing justice.

KHRC, FIDA Kenya and other interested organisations will move the courts, calling for Judicial Review of the President’s action.

Thank you.

FIDA Kenya and the Kenya Human Rights Commission


For More information call;

FIDA Kenya Jane Njeri +254-722509760 or Diana Gichengo KHRC +254-722-264497/254-733-629034


20th January 2018




The Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Kenya has followed with great concern and is deeply troubled by the emerging reports highlighting horrific incidences of sexual abuse at Kenyatta National Hospital for nursing mothers admitted therein. Kenyatta National Hospital is the biggest and largest referral hospital in the country if not in East Africa. Patients and especially mothers should expect and experience the highest standard of care and must feel protected while they are their vulnerable stages in life as inpatients. Outright denial and immediate dismissal of the said incidences by the hospital’s management without conducting preliminary investigations into the matter is worrying.

FIDA Kenya firmly believes that this particular trend is attributed to several factors which require urgent fixing by the Government who hold the duty of care to Kenyans to ensure and guarantee their safety at all times.

Sadly, the Kenyatta hospital incident is not an isolated case, which raises pertinent issues on the safety of women in public health care facilities. FIDA Kenya maintains that these shameful acts are an outright violation of our women’s dignity and the right to lead a decent life and a violation of their constitutional entitlement to the highest attainable standard of reproductive health as guaranteed under Article 43(1) (a). Hospitals should be safe places where our mothers should be able to move around without fear of intimidation and abuse.

To this end, FIDA Kenya calls upon the Government to move with speed and ensure that it guarantees Kenyan women protection and safety at all times in all public hospitals around the Country and to ensure that service delivery is not compromised at any level in and out of the hospital for whatever reason.

FIDA Kenya calls upon the Government and more so the management of Kenyatta National Hospital to;

  1. Speedily but efficiently investigate these claims and ensure that the culprits are brought to book.
  2. To take up its responsibility of enforcing and beefing up security in Kenyatta National Hospital and its surroundings and other public hospital facilities.
  3. Inform the public on what measures it is undertaking to investigate these claims and ensure that the same is not repeated.

Overall, FIDA Kenya believes that the government MUST establish a health care system that is responsive based on principles of equity, efficiency, sound governance, internationally recognized service delivery guidelines & standards, respectful care, community engagement, evidence based research and advocacy.

FIDA Kenya envisions a society that upholds and respects women`s rights in a bid to promote women`s individual and collective power to claim their rights in all spheres of life. In line with its vision and mission, FIDA Kenya commits to support the women that have gone through these ordeals through Legal Aid support, counseling and ensure that access to justice is availed to them. We call upon any woman who has been  victim of these atrocities to approach our offices to enable us offer support accordingly. These matters will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality that they deserve


Thank you.


Josephine Mong`are

Chairperson FIDA Kenya

For further information please reach:


Call: 0722 509760 or 0733 845003



FIDA Kenya is deeply saddened and strongly condemns the ongoing violence in various parts of the country arising from the announcement of the 2017 presidential results. Whereas there is a lot to celebrate especially the success of women in the electoral process, it is unfortunate that women and children are once again bearing the brunt of post-election violence.

We join the various human rights institutions that have condemned the violence, most specifically where women and children have been reported dead and/or injured. Women diligently played key roles during the just ended elections; as candidates, voters, security officers, members of the various political parties, IEBC officials, agents and observers. It is disheartening to see them exposed to violence and more so threats of a replica of violence experienced in the 2007/2008 post lection violence. It is common knowledge that in any form of violence in a society, women and children bear the greatest brunt.

As a human rights organization, FIDA Kenya calls upon the Inspector General of Police and Cabinet Secretary in charge of internal security to protect Kenyans from harm and death. This protection should be within the ambit of the law. FIDA Kenya emphasis that as public officers they will be held personally liable for the wanton deaths and suffering of the masses of Kenyans. Kenyans peacefully exercised their Constitutional and democratic right to vote and both “winners” and “Losers” have an equal right to be protected to celebrate and/or peaceful express their dissatisfaction. Women and children need this protection at most.

FIDA Kenya calls upon Kenyans to report any incidences of violence targeted against women and children to FIDA Kenya SMS hotline SEMA USIKIKE number 21661 for FIDA Kenya action and onward forwarding to the relevant government authorities.

We call upon Kenyans to embrace peace even amidst the call for accountability and justice.

For more information please call 0722509760 or send an email to

Signed by

Josephine Wambua Mongare

FIDA Kenya Chairperson



FIDA Kenya has today filed a suit in the Employment and Labour Relations Court under a Certificate of Urgency against the Nurses, COG, Ministry of Health and the Attorney General for the ongoing nurses’ strike that continues to cause suffering and several deaths in the country.

FIDA Kenya takes specific issue with how the respondents have allowed the strike to prolong with no hope of calling it off. It is worse that leaders have taken more interest in the elections campaigns than resolving this public pandemic. The Government of Kenya owes it to its citizens to strike a balance between protecting their fundamental right to life while upholding the freedom of workers to go on strikes.

FIDA Kenya pleads with the court to take note that most of the users of the public health institutions are poor citizens who cannot afford to access services in private health sector causing them immense suffering, indignity and loss of life in some cases. That the strike further erodes the gains made by the free maternal health policy.

In summary FIDA Kenya seeks the following orders;

  • A declaration that nurses and Doctors have a right to strike however this right should not supersede the right to life as is sacred
  • There is need for the government to safeguard against suffering and death during strikes and lockouts by medical sectors employees.
  • That all the trade unions in the health sector must put in measures for continued provision of medical services by a percentage of its membership before issuance of a strike notice and/or proceeding to strike.
  • An order compelling parties to complete and sign the Collective Bargaining Agreement for nurses and have it filed in court within 7 days of the order.
  • An order directing the Attorney General to draft a legislation to address strikes in essential services, especially the health sector in order to ensure that the sector is not crippled by strikes in the future. The bill should be tabled in Parliament within 90 days of the order


Signed by

Josephine Wambua Mongare

FIDA Kenya Chairperson



For further information please reach:


Call: Jane Njeri –Public Relations Officer 0722 509760 or 0733 845003



FIDA Kenya has keenly followed the development of Daizy Cherogony case, a former security warden at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport who was sacked over accusations of misconduct on requesting the Education CS Dr. Fred Matiangi to queue for a routine security check on 5th April 2017.

FIDA Kenya has reviewed the explanation by KAA implying disciplinary issues against Daizy. This action is illegal and against the employee’s rights. We are also aware of CS Dr. Matiang’i denial absolving himself from direct involvement. It is extremely disheartening for Kenyans to be treated to mere denial of facts and not specifically addressing the integrity issues that arise from this case. We are disturbed by the way this case is being treated differently from other public officers’ case. For example, we make reference to the incident of the former Deputy Chief Justice Dr. Nancy Baraza who was forced to step aside to allow for investigations and ultimately had to leave office. In this case, Kenyans are still being treated to various correspondences while the public officer involved stays put in office.

FIDA Kenya reiterates its sentiments that women should not be treated differently and unfairly as compared to their male counterparts. It has further come to our knowledge that Daizy’s case is not an isolated case, various female guards continue to undergone harassment by public officers at various security check points. The Kenya Airports Authority has the responsibility to defend and care for its employees and not expose them to unfair labour practices.

FIDA Kenya will not relent in its quest to defend women`s rights. We will seek court`s leave to be enjoined as interested party in Daizy’s case in the interest of other female officers in the security sector. We also DEMAND for action against public officers receiving any special treatments against Chapter 6 of our Constitution.


Unfair practices deliberately targeting women must stop.



Signed by;

Josephine Mong’are



Contact details:

Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, Amboseli Road, Off Gitanga Road

P.O. Box 46324-00100

Tel +254 20 3870444/3873511/3869956

Fax +254 20 3876372

Mobile +254 733845003/ +254 722 509760 Email:



FIDA Kenya is saddened and alarmed by media reports of heinous gang rapes against girls in Dandora Estate by numerous gangs of young boys. According to a clip highlighted by Citizen TV on 30th June 2013 it was reported that the perpetrators are confident and shameless in executing these crimes and that they even attack victims in broad daylight, in the full view of the public.

FIDA Kenya is concerned that the Police have not responded to the said incidences and that if the law enforcement agencies and the Government does not speedily take charge and prosecute the perpetrators then the same might escalate and spread to other areas in the country. Such incidences, where not correctly dealt with by law enforcement agencies, create a precedent of impunity in the country.

The President has a moral and legal obligation to the citizens of Kenya under Article 131(2)(e) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 to ensure the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. Kenyans however, have continuously witnessed the breakdown of the rule of law and violations of their human rights and fundamental freedoms through the inability of law enforcement agencies granted such responsibilities to carry out their mandates.

FIDA Kenya calls on the Government to:
 Institute an independent public investigations team that will efficiently work towards prosecuting the perpetrators of the heinous crimes in Dandora Estate in Nairobi County.
 Inform the public on what measures it is undertaking to investigate the root causes of the incidences of rapes committed against women and girls witnessed in various parts of

In conclusion we reiterate that the insecurity being witnessed in Dandora is not and should not be
misconstrued as a ordinary crime, but rather a manifestation of decayed governance and justice
system all of which require urgent fixing.

Thank you.

Ruth Aura
Chairperson FIDA Kenya
For further information please reach:

Call: Jane Njeri – Public Relations Officer 0722 509760 or 0733 845003



FIDA Kenya celebrates the success of  Hon. Wavinya Ndeti whom the court has ruled that she can vie for the post of Machakos governor in the upcoming General Elections. We also celebrate Hon. Susan Kihika who also the court ruled in her favour to vie as the Nakuru County Senator. FIDA Kenya applauds these women for their triumph.


FIDA Kenya notes that such court cases have severally been used to deter and intimidate women striving to participate in politics and eventually bow out of the race. Hon Wavinya Ndeti and Hon. Susan Kihika have braved the process and have come out VICTORS!


FIDA Kenya continues to urge IEBC and all relevant Institutions to treat women candidates with all the fairness they deserve especially during this period that parliament has blatantly refused to pass the 2/3rds Gender Principle. Kenyans are coming to terms with the fact that there is an increased number of women who have braved the campaigns to run for elective seats. This is unprecedented and for sure has caused jitters amongst those who think women cannot be leaders.


Once again, Congratulations to Hon. Wavinya Ndeti and Hon. Susan Kihika.


We call upon Kenyans to “Vote a Dada”


For further information please reach us on: or Call: 254-722509760/ 254710607241


Signed by;


Mrs. Josephine Mong`are

Chairperson, FIDA Kenya


FIDA Kenya wishes to congratulate all women candidates who won party nominations and have been cleared by IEBC to vie for various posts in the upcoming General Elections. We applaud them for their efforts in the campaigns. The choice to vie for a political seat is a particularly difficult decision for a woman and her family. These women are brave and we wish them all the best in their campaigns.

FIDA Kenya is however concerned with the increased rate of violence against female candidates and their supporters. Several cases of violence against women aspirants have been reported countrywide and to the FIDA Kenya offices. We specially wish to reiterate the incidences of;

The death of the bodyguard to aspiring Mbita Member of Parliament Hon. Millie Odhiambo who was run over and killed by an opponent vehicle during the party primaries and the burning of the candidates house. We also took issue with the confinement of Esther Passaris who was locked in a room to prevent her from addressing her supporters. We further took issue with the incident of Eunice Wambui an aspiring Member of Parliament Embakasi South who was attacked by rowdy youths during a campaign at Mukuru Kwa Reuben. The youth committed acts of shame against the aspirant. Another candidate was Sarah Koore who was contesting for Member of Parliament in North Laikipia had parts of her car looted while she was out campaigning. These are just a few incidences of violations that women candidates go through during elections.
FIDA Kenya was alarmed by the lack of swift action by the security agencies in all these incidences. The inaction by the police, IEBC and other concerned authorities increases the intimidation of women candidates and their supporters.

As an organisation that promotes women participation in politics and leadership, we wish to strongly condemn these violent acts and call upon the police to protect the women of Kenya.

Kenyans are coming to terms with the fact that there is an increased number of women who have braved the campaigns to run for elective seats. It is important to note that this year 9 women will be running for gubernatorial positions. We have very high chances of having our first female governors. Similarly, we have women who have come out to defend their Member of Parliament seats and those who have grown from affirmative action seats to elective seats. This is unprecedented and for sure has caused jitters among those who think women cannot be leaders. We cannot afford to let these chances be ruined by electoral violence.

Today FIDA Kenya and her likeminded partners, have launched an SMS hotline dubbed SEMA USKIKE number 21661 which will offer an opportunity to Kenyans to identify and report any form of violence meted against women candidates and their supporters. This platform will work on a real time basis during this electoral period. The Platform can be used by victims and witnesses of election violence.

Sending an SMS is FREE and the platform is very friendly. Using your mobile phone all you need to do is send a brief text to the SMS code 21661 describing the violence witnessed and providing the location of the incidence. FIDA Kenya lawyers will immediately respond to the text and inform the nearest police station for response. The lawyers will further follow up the matter with the victims and where relevant offer legal aid. The public can also call FIDA Kenya on 0722509760 / 0710607241

We wish to inform Kenyans that this platform is complementary to police services. We urge Kenyans not to hesitate to report to the nearest police station any incidences witnessed. The responsibility to ensure that the rule of law is upheld rests squarely with the police. Women voters and the candidates have the right to vote, run for office and be protected from any form of electoral violence.

As a nation we have now arrived at the forked section of the road and tough action must be taken. We must no longer skirt the issue of election violence. FIDA Kenya will continue to follow up with the police, provincial administration, IEBC and other relevant organizations to ensure that justice has been served and ensure that election violence meted against women is STOPPED.

NATIONAL NURSES STRIKE – CBA Blame Games that Kill!!!


NATIONAL NURSES STRIKE – CBA Blame Games that Kill!!!

Kenyans have once again woken up to the horrible news that a section of the health service providers have downed their tools due to a disagreement on Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). It is extremely disheartening to see the nurses` go on strike at a time when the country is yet to heal from the doctors` strike that ended 3 months ago.

FIDA Kenya is disturbed by the inefficient approach with which the Government continues to address the problems in the health sector. Ordinary citizens, who diligently pay taxes, are often left helpless and desperate for health services. Maternal and Child Health Care is the most affected. “No woman should die while giving life”.

FIDA Kenya takes specific issue with the rate at which the health sector collective bargain agreements are losing their value; and increasingly becoming a public gimmick meant to hoodwink Kenyans and/or a ploy to postpone problems. One is left to wonder whether all relevant stakeholders are usually involved and whether the right technical expertise is put in place during CBA negotiations. It is becoming unbearable to be treated to blame games by the different stakeholders. The Government of Kenya owes it to its citizens to put an end to the famous CBAs!! that lead to hundreds of lives being lost.

FIDA Kenya wishes to remind the government that it has a Constitutional responsibility to protect the right to life and provide the highest attainable health care for Kenyans.  We call upon the President and his government to take a decisive action to end the strike and restore the public health care system.

Failure to have an immediate solution to the strike, FIDA Kenya is highly considering mobilising the women of Kenya and taking legal action to protect the women and children of Kenya.


Signed by:

Josephine Mong’are

Chairperson, FIDA Kenya

For further information please reach us:


Call: 0722509760 or 0710607241