Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF)
Summary: Kenyan courts have not been able to address rape and sexual offences properly due to inadequate laws
and ambiguous sentencing provisions. In view of the unprecedented and shocking rise in the incidents of rape
and other sexual offences and a vacuum of laws to protect women and girls from these vices Njoki Ndung’u moved
a private member’s motion to introduce a sexual offences bill to the house. The motion received
overwhelming support from the Members of Parliament.
The Sexual Offences Bill addresses the gaps in previous legislation by clearly defining offences of a sexual and
violent nature and includes recommendations for adequate punishment and medical rehabilitation of offenders.
WILDAF received support from UAF-Africa for publishing and widely popularising and disseminating the proposed bill.