USE THE BALLOT NOT MY BODY: A PETITION TO THE GOVERNMENT BY ITS PEOPLE
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Violence against Women is a violation against humanity, laws of Kenya and International Law. If allowed to take place it perpetuates intolerance and erodes democracy. Violence against women that took place during the 2007 elections led to loss of livelihood and human dignity. Justice for these women is still outstanding.
"Use the ballot not my body!" is a campaign that calls out for a violence-free elections: that violence against women be arrested before and during the upcoming election period. The objective of the Petition is that the Kenyan citizenry call for the Government of Kenya’s commitment to ensure that Gender Based Election Violence does not occur during the upcoming General Elections and that the Government put in place mechanisms to adequately prevent and respond to Gender Based Election Violence in case the same occurs. COVAW (K) therefore launches this national Petition rolling-out from 23rd November 2012, to 23rd February 2013 which is the official end date of the Campaign Period according to the IEBC calendar. During the campaign, COVAW (K) aims to collect at least one (1) million signatures from citizens of Kenya to petition the Government and all relevant duty bearers to protect women and girls during the upcoming election period. The history as was witnessed during the 2007/2008 Post Election Violence must not repeat itself.
We need to take a stand in solidarity against violence on women during this election period.
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