FEMNET would like to express solidarity with the people of Kenya in the wake of the terror attack on Westgate Mall. Like the rest of the world, we are horrified by the events that are coming to an end in Nairobi and recognize its impact not only on Kenya but also on the global community.
As a pan-African women’s rights organization that has been based in Kenya, with Kenyan staff since inception in 1988, we join global voices in condemning this heinous act of terrorism that has left over 60 innocent civilians dead and over 170 injured. This act of violence has no justification and like all other forms of violence must be condemned.
At this difficult time, we would like to urge the government of Kenya to uphold human rights principles in resolving this and similar acts of terrorism. This incident has created an opportunity for public debate about security management in the country and peace efforts in the sub region. This conversation is a core pillar of the security sector reform process that begun with the promulgation of the 2010 Kenyan constitution.
In the spirit of #WeAreOne, we trust that a consultative process will be instituted by the Kenya government once this ordeal is over to involve citizens; men, women and youth in defining a common vision for security in Kenya. A vision that we hope will be shaped by the tenets of human security and underpinned by the rule of law. We trust that the spirit of humanity and solidarity that has been expressed locally will be sustained as efforts evolve to deal with terrorism in the sub region.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones. We pray for a quick recovery for those who have been injured and peace of mind for those who have been traumatized.
In Solidarity. #WeAreOne