The one stop Centre will see survivors receive medical, psycho-social and legal services. In an interview, Kisumu County Director for Social Development Jane Obiero said that the centre comes at an opportune moment following reports that Nyanza and Western have the highest rates of gender-based violence (GBV) cases in Kenya.
“Kisumu County government plans to come up legislation, raise awareness and engage in advocacy as well as provision of post sexual violence services in health facilities,” said Ms Obiero.
She said the Gender Technical Working Group (GTWG) has come up with an integrated and comprehensive way of addressing GBV in the County.
“Gender Based violence (GBV) has been recognized as a serious global health, human rights and developmental issue worldwide and thus should be accorded attention by the county government as well,” she said.
“Lack of integrated medical-legal services and community ownership of services has been identified as a challenge in addressing GBV coupled with the fact that there are few programmes that provide integrated care for survivors of GBV in Kenya,” said Ms Obiero.
She added that the Gender Based Violence Recovery Centre was constructed with support from KEMRI/CDC who funded construction of the building and hired interim staff for a year at a cost USD 200,000.
Gender Technical Working Group (GTWG) has been mandated to provide support to ensure that the Centre meets its objective.
Kisumu County Governor Jack Ranguma officially opened the Centre whose theme is “A coordinated response to Gender Based Violence” with sub theme “A violence free society.