Progress is happening take a look at the June 2014 KGBVP Newsletter!
It’s time to help break the cycle of gender-based violence.
Gender-based violence (GBV) is an endemic perpetrated mainly against women and children that results in physical, sexual or psycho-social harm. USAID and UNICEF research uncovers the following staggering statistics:
- 83% of women and girls in Kenya report one or more episodes of physical abuse in childhood
- 75% of women Kenyan report havinge suffered from gender-based domestic violence in the homestead.
- The majority of Kenyan women believe it is acceptable for men to beat their spouses.
- 46% report at least one incident of sexual abuse as a child
- 36% of rural women report having experienced Female Genital Mutilation (FMG)
- 25% report losing their virginity by force
The 2011 drought and subsequent famine in the Horn of Africa and Kenya, recently declared the worst in 60 years, resulted in an estimated 12.5 million people facing a severe food crisis and in urgent need of emergency assistance. While violence against women and girls is often associated with war, natural disasters can bring equally severe risks. The impact of drought and subsequent poverty and displacement heightens vulnerability to gender based violence (GBV) among women and girls. In particular, breakdown in physical and social systems for protection during crisis – like the recent drought and famine – increases vulnerability to sexual violence and exploitation.
Nazarene Compassionate Organization (NCO) of Kenya, Tough Angels, Servant Forge (SF), Strategic Applications International (SAI), UNICEF and IRC are working together as part of our continued effort to address the famine are developing the Kenya Gender Based Violence Partnership to respond to the pandemic of gender-based violence (GBV) in East Africa.
The Kenya GBV Partnership will build its initiative around five pillars that focus on integrated service delivery and sustainable agriculture. These five components focus on victim counseling, strengthening families and improving community support and response to GBV.
Training will address how community institutions (e.g. churches and schools) can support a no tolerance stance on GBV.
Counseling services will be provided to victims of GBV.
A GBV Resource Center will deliver a package of integrated services to include crisis counseling, access to medical services, access to law enforcement, child support, and post crisis support for employment and survival.
Family Reunification seeks to reconnect families that have been torn apart by famine, war, and human migration.
The Sustainable Agriculture component will initially be focused on Lodwar where the local beneficiaries of famine relief funds have raised 150,000 ksh ($1,750) of a needed 550,000 ksh ($6,500) to purchase 50 acres of land to develop their own plots to raise maize, beans, and other crops.