During the 3rd Economic Social and Cultural Rights Lawyer of the Year Awards-2015, Mary Kanini Kitoo – a Legal Officer at Kituo Cha Sheria’s Mombasa Regional Office scooped the 2nd runners up award! She received the certificate and trophy at a colourful event on 7th December, 2015 held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi.
Mary Kitoo is celebrated and her sacrifice recognized as an outstanding Pro Bono Lawyer who has excelled in litigating on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The award is also a recognition for contribution made towards enhancing the jurisprudence, litigation and legal education on economic and social rights.
Mary Kitoo carries on this baton from Mr John Chigiti, Mr Anthony Mulekyo, Mr Elisha Ongoya and Ms. Carol Mburugu – who swept the awards in 2013.
The Constitution of Kenya, under Article 43, expressly recognizes Economic Social and Cultural Rights. This Article promotes the equality of all rights. In the same breath, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR); and the 1993 Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action state that all human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated.
The African Charter on Human and People’s Rights further states in its preamble that “[…] civil and political rights cannot be dissociated from economic, social and cultural Rights in their conception as well as the universality and that satisfaction of economic, social and cultural rights is a guarantee for the enjoyment of civil and political rights”
Kituo Cha Sheria joins other stakeholders to advocate for the awareness, and enhancement of capacities to litigate and adjudicate on economic social and cultural rights.
In the same breath with which civil and political rights are guaranteed, so are the economic social and cultural rights.
Kituo Cha Sheria-Legal Advice Centre.