Gender Based Violence and rape against women have been a global menace mostly in the informal settlements, and have been among the leading causes for HIV and AIDS infection. Up to 75% of these cases are never reported, reasons being the stigma associated with the victims, poverty and ignorance.
In Dandora division, only 40% of Gender Based Violence cases are reported and 30% cases of gang rape are reported to the police in Dandora, while 50% of those reported cases are dropped along the way.
Among the major causes is the proximity to the dumping site which is among the hot spots on Gang rape, other causes from our research are the myths that young girls who have never had any sexual intercourse with anyone can cure the vice when raped.
Another problem affecting the victims is the bribes that are offered and the intimidation when they report such cases. While others are not financially capable of living without their husbands who abuse them hence continue to hold on.
The gang rape which is a violent act against ladies and women will be condemned by all ways possible.
It is against this backdrop that we decided to organize and Sensitize the community on Gender Based Violence and Rape against women, establish and identify why youth and the public engage in Gender Based Violence and Rape against women and why it is very high, discuss, find out and address how the menace can be controlled if not stopped.
The event took place on 1st World Aids Day and 4th December; these days are among the 16 days of activism. Activities involving cleanup and a forum on the last day.
Youths, public and Nairobi County Council from Dandora did a general cleaning in Dandora, with an objective of creating a working and conducive relationship between young women and men.
4th Friday, 2015
There were forums by: Loan applications by Women Enterprise Fund on how to access loan, Ms. Wanjiku Mercy talked about women in business and how to navigate an industry dominated by Men, Ms. Leah Obada, GBV Coordinator talked about Gender based violence and how to report such cases, she pledged to assist women get justice by taking them to safe houses and following the law to the latter.
The Last speaker was Elly Ajowi, Co-founder COTA Kenya, who talked about Talent development and urged women to encourage their children in whatever talents they engaged in giving his story as a Boxer in Kenya National Boxing Team and an Employee of National Police Service.
Attendance were 250 youths.
At the end of it all, the public will be able to report their grievances to the higher authorities if their cases are not handled well according to their satisfaction, the young people will be financially empowered by applying Women Enterprise fund, hence will not continue leaving in abusive relationships, the will work for the benefit of the country hence the National Values, and they will have the legal know how in cases of Gender Based Violence.
Therefore, the journey to end extreme poverty by 2030, will have hit a mile stones.