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International human rights law is constantly being refined and developed but in many countries, traditional legal training ignores the international dimension and lawyers and judges may know little about these comprehensive human rights law statements and provisions. This essay evaluates the Kenyan experience of an International Women Judges Foundation project which set out to close the gap between rhetoric and reality by implementing a unique judicial education programme entitled ‘Towards a jurisprudence of equality: women judges and human rights law’. The project equips judges with the knowledge and skills needed to resolve cases arising in their national courts which involve discrimination and/or violence against women, in accordance with the principles enshrined in international and regional human rights legislation. The author outlines the project’s activities in Kenya and concludes that the training programme has had a positive impact on the implementation of regional and international human rights law. She points out that a growing number of judicial officers are now willing to explore the protection offered by international instruments to safeguard the human rights of women and concludes that the training programme needs to be expanded to all judicial officers.

By Praxedes Tororey

 

Judicial training on the use of human rights to promote gender equality: An overview of the jurisprudence of the equality programme in Kenya
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