16 Days of Activism Against GBV in Kenya

The 2012 16 days of activism against GBV is finally here. Several campaigns have been organized for the  entire period( Nov 25 –Dec 10th ).

Gender based violence remains a worrying issue in Kenya ,based on the following statistics according to the Kenya Demographic Health Survey:

  • One in  every five Kenyan women has experienced sexual violence.
  •  12% of  women aged 15-49 report their first sexual intercourse  as having been a result of force; while 45% have experienced physical violence .
  • 37 % of women who have experienced intimate partner violence from their current husbands or partners

As Kenya marks this  year’s 16 days of activism against GBV, there is need for all of us to  arise and take action  by :

  • Increasing the investments  made in setting of programs to support women and girls who are victims of violence
  • The existing program strategies  being  scaled up to every part of this country. For example, it beats logic for women who have been raped to travel all the way to Nairobi women’s hospital for treatment, when all the government could do  would have been to equip every district hospital with the required skilled manpower and  drugs
  • Learning institutions  including in their curricula a module on sexuality and  educate children from a tender age on how they can be safe in their environments
  • Setting up national data management systems that will help inform policy and program development. Currently, there is  no institution in Kenya that can accurately provide data on the magnitude of  sexual violence in the country.
  • Developing guidelines that will see to it that survivors of sexual violence receive comprehensive and affordable services

As we mark 16 days of activism against GBV  in Kenya, lets us all aspire to be guide by the theme, “ From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!”.

We need to hold all presidential aspirants accountable in addressing sexual and gender based violence during the 16 days of activism  against GBV and in their election campaigns.

As an individual  the 16 days of activism against GBV ought to provide you and i will the inward drive to strive for peace within our homes and  areas of influence

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