Kenya is progressively realising women’s economic inclusion through policy environment and active participation. However, when it comes to LBQ women and Gender Non-Conforming persons, economic exclusion remains an active issue, with limited initiatives that we can benefit from to bolster economic growth. This Exclusion comes in various forms, including employment services, banking services, and funding opportunities.
INEND as part of a consortium comprising Empowered Ladies Initiative for Equality (ELITE) LBQ, Voices of Women from Western Kenya (VOWWEK), Upinde Advocates for Inclusion (UAFI), Udada Imara, And QueerHive; We sought to document the experiences of LBQ women and GNC persons in Kenya, specifically in relation to the discrimination that exists in the country, and how it affects our economic inclusion and economic Justice at large.
Kenya has thus far indicated a very strong stance against the LGBTQ+ community with discriminatory laws such as sections 162 and 165 of the Penal Code still in existence, which criminalise consensual homosexual intimacy. Despite relatively few arrests being carried out in relation to this crime, this study reveals that these laws have formed the basis of contingent discriminatory acts.
Initiative for Equality and Non Discrimination (INEND) is a local nonprofit organization that researches strategies for equality and acceptance in the coast region of Kenya and shares experiences with other stakeholders in an effort to contribute towards tolerance, non-discrimination and acceptance of gender and sexual minorities.