The Kenya- EU-Spain Cross Learning seminar on criminal justice system on gender-based violence was held on 16th and 17th May, 2019 at Sarova Panafric Hotel Nairobi under the theme “Enhancing Access to Justice in Addressing Gender Based Violence.
The Seminar was attended by Dr. Ruth Kagia-Deputy Chief of Staff Office of the President, H.E Javier Gracia de Viedma- Ambassador of Spain to Kenya, H.E Stephano Antonio Dejak- EU Ambassador to Kenya, Prof. Margaret Kobia-Cabinet Secretary State Department of Gender Affairs, Hon. Mr. Justice David Maraga, the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court, Distinguished Judges and Prosecutor from Spain, Dr. Kizzie Shako, representative from the Office of the Director Public Prosecutions, Directorate of Criminal Investigations, National Police Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs, FIDA Kenya, UN Women, Office of the Attorney General, Coffey International , National Gender and Equality Commission, United Nations Population Fund, European Union among others
The Hon. Mr. Justice David Maraga, the Chief Justice and President of Supreme Court of Kenya gave a key note address. In his speech, begun by noting that gender-based violence is deeply rooted in the socio-economic, inequality in powers between men and women and political context. He highlighted the need to empower both men and women in order to minimize GBV cases. In the bid to address gender-based violence, the judiciary is developing a jurisprudence on the issue of criminalizing sexual acts amongst teenagers and the lowering of age of consent regarding sexual offences.