July 05, 2012
A group of lawyers and articling students at Torys conducted research on constitutional law issues in support of the equality effect, a charitable organization, and its “160 Girls” project. The 160 Girls project will initiate litigation to secure legal remedies ordering the state to enforce existing laws in Kenya to protect girls from sexual violence and to hold rapists accountable.
We received this letter from the executive director of the organization:
I am writing to thank you and the entire Torys "160 Girls" team for your tremendous assistance in conducting the section 15 equality research in support of the "160 Girls" legal protection against defilement project. The research completed by the Torys' team is exceptionally stellar. The thorough and comprehensive nature of the research, and its accessible presentation make the research an invaluable piece of the work. The research will make a critical contribution to the production of the "160 Girls" factum, currently under development.
The team based approach of the work done by the Torys' "160 Girls" research group characterizes the collaborative nature of the equality effect's human rights work. Your collective contribution will form a central part of the work that is used to support the case. Your research contribution in this respect is truly invaluable.
The equality effect is enormously grateful for your amazing support - support that will help to make a concrete difference in the lives of girls in Kenya. I will stay in touch with you, and keep you current on our progress on the “160 Girls” project. I would be happy to visit Torys again and provide an update to the team, and would be happy to have the opportunity to say thank you in person for your impressive work.
Fiona Sampson, B.A., M.A., LL.B., Ph.D