The 160 Girls project is a legal initiative that is seeking justice for the thousands of young women and girls who are raped and routinely ignored by the authorities. Despite Kenya's impressive suite of gender laws promising protection against assault, their implementation is not guaranteed. The law against rape – or defilement, as it's known in Kenya – is one such law.
After a year of research and discussion, the group decided to bring a claim against the government under the equality provision in the country's 2010 constitution. "The police fail to protect girls from rape and effect the law, which constitutes sex and age discrimination," said Sampson.