LET’S UNITE TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN KENYA
Category : Naya Blog
Gender Based Violence, including domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking and harmful practices such as child marriage, Female Genital Mutilation(FGM) is still endemic in Kenya, despite the existence of legislation, administrative directives, judicial sanctions and awareness raising efforts by a variety of agencies and government.
According to the Kenya Demographic health survey 2014, 4 out of 10 Kenyan women undergo some form of violence, whether physical or sexual. This figure is staggering and should compel us to pause, reflect and do something before it gets out of hand.
It is time for every man to start doing something to end the scourge of violence against women and girls in their homes and communities. Although laws exist to deal with gender violence and guarantee gender equality, every man must take personal responsibility to root out the vice of gender discrimination in his home. Only then can a society begin to take a stand together to bring to an end injustice committed against women and girls, denying them basic human rights such as a life in dignity, choice and freedom.
Cultural, social and economic barriers that hinder empowerment of girls and women must be addressed and we have to raise our voices to end the scourge of violence against women and girls.
Women are half of Kenya’s demographic dividend, if they are given the right tools and community support, they can not only become financially independent, but be the engines that fuel Kenya’s future growth.
All women and girls should be able to lead a life free from fear and violence in Kenya. We must once and for all say no to this clear violation of women’s fundamental rights.
By Michael Okun Oliech (@MikeOkunson)