Gender Based Violence

Some success in reducing the abuses, but obstacles to their elimination remain

From right Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki, Kiambu County Women Representative Gathoni Wamchomba, UN Women Country Representative Zebib Kavuma and Kiambu MP Jude Jomo. Picture Jane Godia

Although Kenya has attempted to address rising incidents of violence against women by enacting specific laws and policies, huge challenges have limited the success of these laws and policies. Recent statistics received by the State Department of Gender Affairs are worrying. 

As the debate on the Protection Against Domestic Violence Bill gets underway, concerns are being raised over plans to remove some salient features in the proposed law.

While journalists are busy reporting on gender based violence in the society, they consciously or unconsciously forget that they are also human beings and thus they can as well be victims or perpetrators of GBV within and outside the media.

The police will no longer use kid gloves with sexual violence perpetrators.

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Reaching out to GBV survivors

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Women Empowerment Link commemorated this year’s World Women’s Day in a unique style.

They opted to use it to raise funds to build safe houses for Gender Based Violence (GBV) survivors by staging a play at Phoenix Theatre.

In January 2008, a group of Kenyan police officers broke into Mary’s home and raped her in front of her daughter. Then two looters raped her again. Yet Mary summoned the extraordinary courage to report the crimes.

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Gender violence requires one centre

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Gender Based Violence (GBV) can only be managed well with a one stop centre that houses all those concerned in handling the issues.

The Federation of Kenya women Lawyers (FIDA) Programme Officer Alice Maranga has disclosed that FIDA is willing to help the centre in acquiring  the right skills in managing the vice that has increased in recent past.

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Rise of gender based violence cases in Narok

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Maasai women are crying out for help to the Government and non-governmental organisations to intervene.

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Fears of gender based electoral violence rife

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As the clock ticks towards the March 4, 2013 General Election, gender based violence remains a ghost that is hovering around as women hold their breath hoping that all will be well within the newly expanded political dispensation.

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