Gender Violence Against Women

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Gender violence is defined as harmful acts against a person’s will based on socially ascribed gender differences. The highest victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) are mainly women and young girls. There are different forms of SGBV: Child Abuse, Rape, Sexual Harassment, Cultural practices e.g. Wife inheritance, Child Marriage, Human Trafficking of women and children, forced prostitution, Female Genital Mutilation and Patriarchy. All these forms of SGBV violate the Bill of Rights.
Violence against women is a persistent and universal problem occurring in every culture and social group. Globally, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. These types of abuse are often
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This can also be attributed to the poverty levels, illicit brews in the area and ignorance from most residents.
It is most shocking to realize that the victims sometimes are small children from as young as 2 years to about 12 years of age. These cases more often than not go unpunished making the healing of the victim more difficult. It is worth noting that sometimes the public gets to know of these cases through the media. In the recent past there have been several cases of children who have been defiled, murdered and dumped. These are innocent children whose youth is usually snatched away never to be “recovered”.
It is important to note that Gender violence occurs in both the ‘public’ and ‘private’ spheres. Such violence not only occurs in the family and in the general community, but it is sometimes also perpetuated by the state through policies or the actions of agents of the state such as the police, military or immigration authorities.
The police for example have allegedly been accused of stigmatizing rape victims. Some officers allegedly blame the victims for their dress codes or for other
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Such victims do not know that by pursuing justice they prevent other cases since the perpetrators will be put behind bars.
Sexual and Gender Based Violence violates the rights of the women who are the major victims. The Government has tried to encourage the public to report such cases however; a lot still needs to be done. Women and children need to feel safe wherever they live or carry out their daily activities.
This is not entirely to be left to the Government but other like- minded organizations for example in the case of “Justice for Liz”. Were it not for the CSOs’ and the public’s intervention the gang that raped Liz would have been punished by cutting grass and continued with their lives.
Sensitizing the public on the law and the consequences of GBV would assist in the reporting and prosecution of such perpetrators. There are various challenges but with proper policies in place Kenya will record a reduction in GBV cases.
• The public to be sensitized and educated on forms, causes and effects of Sexual and Gender Based Violence

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