National Gender and Equality Commission

Marginalized and Minorities

The Constitution (2010) in Article 260 provides an understanding of the marginalized and minorities thus;

“Marginalized community” means—

(a) a community that, because of its relatively small population or for any other reason, has been unable to fully participate in the integrated social and economic life of Kenya as a whole;

(b) a traditional community that, out of a need or desire to preserve its unique culture and identity from assimilation, has remained outside the integrated social and economic life of Kenya as a whole;

(c) an indigenous community that has retained and maintained a traditional lifestyle and livelihood based on a hunter or gatherer economy; or

(d) pastoral persons and communities, whether they are—

(i) nomadic; or

(ii) a settled community that, because of its relative geographic isolation, has experienced only marginal participation in the integrated social and economic life of Kenya as a whole;

 

“Marginalized group” means a group of people who, because of laws or practices before, on, or after the effective date, were or are disadvantaged by discrimination on one or more of the grounds in Article 27 (4) of the Constitution

The department of Minority and Marginalized is a programme within the division of Programming and Research charged with the responsibility of mainstreaming issues of the minority and marginalized in all county and national policies, laws and administrative rules as well as in the private and public sector. It has two Programme Officers and one Programme Assistant.


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