Kenya Gender-Based Violence Partnership
Gender-based violence (GBV) is an endemic perpetrated mainly against women and children that results in physical, sexual and/or psychosocial harm. USAID and UNICEF research shares 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 surviving 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 that they have 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 — 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 also heighten abuse.
The impact of drought and subsequent poverty and displacement increases women’s and girl’s vulnerability to gender-based violence.
In particular, a breakdown in physical and social systems for protection during crisis —such as the recent drought and famine — leads to sexual assault and violence.
The Kenya Gender-Based Violence Partnership (KGBVP) Program endeavors to respond to the pandemic of gender-based violence in Kenya and East Africa.
With the Lodwar Church of the Nazarene as the anchor of our work, KGBVP is built on five pillars that support integrated health services, GBV
survivor counseling and sustainable agricultural practices.
We aim to improve the community’s response to GBV
to support survivors and strengthen families.
- Sustainable Agriculture and Economic Empowerment (Hope Farm)
- Women’s Resource Center and Counseling (Wings of Hope Center)
- Family Reunification | Rescue and Support (New Scent Centre)
- Training and Support of Unaccompanied Minors (Kakuma Refugee Camp)
- Youth Engagement (SEMA | High School Sponsorships | Dandora | Scouting in Kenya 2021