Mathare Social Justice Centre
For years, the urban settlement of Mathare has suffered various forms of structural violence, including: land grabbing, forced evictions, police abuse and extrajudicial killings, political impunity and other economic, social and psychological violations. This violence has been allowed to go on without any retribution to the community, especially as most of the community continues to live in fear of the consequences of standing up for their rights.
In order to address these issues, a collective of young community members and experienced social justice activists in Mathare came together in 2015, founding the Mathare Social Justice Centre. The MSJC’s mission is to promote social justice in Mathare by means of community engagement and the use of social movement platforms. Since 2015, the MSJC has undertaken a number of organizing activities with all cross-sections of the community and have focused on the documentation of extrajuridical killings.
In just two years the MSCJ has developed from a loose group of individuals meeting on the streets and in their houses, to a well-organised and powerful voice in the public debate on issues such as extrajudicial killings in the urban settlements, land rights, gender-based rights and many more.
PBI in Kenya has been supporting MSCJ since 2014.
In 2016, PBI UK organized two speaking tours for two members of the MSJC. We had the opportunity to host Gacheke Gachihi, current coordinator of MSJC, and Wangui Kimari, MSJC Participatory Action Research coordinator.
More info about Gacheke Gachihi here.
More info about Wangui Kimari here.
In this video, Stephen Mwangi, of Mathare Social Justice Centre (MSJC), speaking about the Rule of Law in Kenya as a contribution to Peace Brigades International's 35th Anniversary Conference held in London 17th June 2016.