My Justice – Story of Triumph

Jane Anyango is 28 years old mother of two daughters. She dropped out of school at the age of 12 years and since then she has been doing house help jobs in Kisumu – Nyalenda slum.

Nyalenda slum in Kisumu is an area known for issues of poor health, water and sanitation, weak public services, unsafe living conditions, an increase in incidents of sexual and gender-based violence amid rising crime rates. After several altercations, including being badly beaten by her intoxicated neighbour, Jane found herself being sued for using a weapon while defending herself in their initial altercation.

Jane received bail and was placed on remand. Faced with potential jail time, Jane sought advice of Mr. Matunga a paralegal trained by CALEP organization. Jane learned that she could countersue.

Paralegals are members of the community instructed in basic legal matters, as well as human rights, facilitation skills and issues of gender-based violence. Despite her doubts and low income with help from Mr. Matunga. Jane felt empowered to countersue. Throughout the process, Mr. Matunga received support from CALEP organization to help. During the trial, Jane joined many awareness activities hosted CALEP aimed at raising awareness of customary law and gender-based violence. Jane went many challenges including harsh criticism from her community. She said, ’I want to be a role model for other women and my daughters’.