Case Law Handbook on Violence Against Women and Girls in Commonwealth East Africa

Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda

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This case law handbook has been developed by judges in Commonwealth East Africa as a contribution to the development of the jurisprudence of equality. It supports propagation of the procedural recommendations and good practices set out in the Judicial Bench Book on Violence Against Women in Commonwealth East Africa, with a view to providing judicial officers and rule of law practitioners with a comprehensive and up-to-date resource on adjudicating matters fo VAWG in the East African jurisdictions. The handbook presents leading cases of relevance to these jurisdictions and is intended to add to local manuals, guidelines or handbooks that reflect local processes.




Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is prevalent in the Commonwealth countries covered in the Case Law Handbook – namely Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The most prevalent and notable cases involving VAWG in the countries listed pertain to sexual offences including defilement, rape (whether marital or otherwise) and sexual assault; physical assault, in particular domestic violence; and other gender-based violence (GBV), for example sexual harassment and the trafficking of women for the purposes of prostitution or sexual exploitation and sexual slavery. The main thematic areas in this Handbook have been premised upon the eight incident types of VAWG set out in the Commonwealth Judicial Bench Book on Violence against Women in East Africa.


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