Kenya Dialogue on Gender Equality, Nationality and Statelessness

Published: 23/Mar/2015
Source: UNHCR and Kenya Human Rights Commission

Discrimination against women in nationality laws is a major cause of statelessness. Fortunately, it is also a problem that is in decline around the world. Kenya is one of 12 countries that have reformed their laws since 2003 to allow women to confer nationality to their children on the same basis as men.

On 2 December 2014, UNCHR and the Kenya Human Rights Commission held a dialogue with Kenyan women and their families. The purpose of this discussion was to understand how and to what extent Kenyan women are benefitting from provisions in the 2010 Kenyan Constitution and the 2011 Kenyan Citizenship and Immigration Act, which provide for gender equality in the ability of women and men to confer their nationality to their children and spouses.

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Themes: Acquisition by children, Discrimination, Gender, Naturalisation and Marriage, Statelessness
Regions: East Africa, Kenya
Year: 2015