For a while now Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western Kenya LGBTI Network – NYARWEK and National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission – NGLHRC have been running emergency response projects for LGBTIQ communities within their respective jurisdictions.
NYARWEK’s Security and Protection program utilizes a cluster – based system designed to receive, validate and respond to security reports in a rapid manner while NGLHRC has been running a security response mechanism that includes a legal aid, supporting internal relocation; fact finding/urgent action missions across the country. Hivos has always been concerned about the monitoring and documentation of human rights violations on the basis of sexual and gender identities and expressions.
In 2013, Hivos supported the creation of a platform that would allow access and reporting for persons in need of the services provided by organizations such as NYARWEK and NGLHRC. Lessons from the first phase of the project have resulted in this:
; a collaboration between NYARWEK,NGLHRC and Hivos East Africa. The platform allows individuals and organisations to report and document violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) individuals; respond (directly or through referral) to emergency security situations; track violations; and share information.
The platform receives violation reports and requests for assistance from LGBTIQ at risk in Kenya through SMS (Safaricom short-code 22069); email (firstname.lastname@example.org); Twitter(@UtunziNetwork); Facebook (Utunzi: Rainbow Security Network) or through direct entry on the website via our reports page.
Confidentiality is key to all cases reported on the Utunzi which maintains an anonymized searchable database of recorded violations.
NYARWEK, NGLHRC and Hivos East Africa