CASES OF GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE ON THE RISE IN KENYA

NAIROBI, Gender-based violence (GBV) is on the rise in Kenya, a matter that is raising concern.

Statistics released by Gender violence Recovery Centre approximates that 2,050 of sexual violence cases were reported country wide in the last one year with 90% of reported perpetrators are men.

The organization says the main cause of the conflict that results into violence is culture, financial insecurity, alcohol and drugs.

The gender violence and the Sexual Offences Act 2006 was a great step in addressing sexual violence against women in Kenya, “however Gender-based violence, particularly against women, remains a major problem in Kenya and there is still so much to be done if this evil is to be curtailed.”

A recent case of Gender Based Violence was the attack on on a 32-year-old woman in Northern Kenya Fatuma Ibrahim.

Fatuma was attacked by her husband using a knife that got stuck in her cheek. She was airlifted to Nairobi and was operated at Kenyatta National Hospital to have the knife removed.

Gender Violence Recovery Centre says while some women have been lucky to survive, others died from assault by the people they loved.

Channel One spoke to 27-year old Mary Muthoni, a mother of three, who for the last 10 years has suffered under an alcoholic husband.

Muthoni was forced to flee from her matrimonial home to her parent’s home to avoid the constant attacks by her husband which she says would have one day killed her.

Judith Wekesa who hails from Kakamega from Western Kenya has borne the brunt of suffering at the hands of her brutal husband of 25 years

Source: KBC