Pas­saris to join protest against gen­der based vi­o­lence to­day

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics | Ministries & Judiciary -

Nairobi gov­er­nor hope­ful Es­ther Pas­saris (pic­tured) will lead ac­tivists to­day in a demon­stra­tion to protest against the ris­ing cases of sex­ual and gen­der based vi­o­lence.

The ‘silent protest’ march seeks to cre­ate aware­ness on sex­ual and gen­der based vi­o­lence and how to help survivors. The ac­tivists want the Gen­der and In­te­rior min­istries to do more to stop vi­o­lence.

The protest will start at Uhuru Park’s Free­dom Cor­ner and end at Je­van­jee Gar­dens, where they will con­duct a rally.

The protest is or­gan­ised by the Nairobi City County and the Aids Health­care Foun­da­tion.

AHF project de­vel­op­ment man­ager Faith Ndung’u ex­pressed con­cern over the in­creased num­ber of cases of vi­o­lence de­spite laws and poli­cies.

“De­spite the pro­gres­sive laws and poli­cies cur­rently in place, pa­tri­ar­chal at­ti­tudes and misog­y­nist prac­tices ren­der laws and poli­cies mean­ing­less in the lives of many rape survivors. We want to change that,’’ she said.

Re­search in­di­cates that in Kenya 14 per cent of women be­tween 15-49 years old have ex­pe­ri­enced sex­ual and gen­der based vi­o­lence and 11.5 per cent of women have ex­pe­ri­enced both phys­i­cal and sex­ual based vi­o­lence.

“In 2014, re­ports showed that 47 per cent of women have gone through ei­ther phys­i­cal or sex­ual based vi­o­lence,” Ndung’u said. She called for more of aware­ness and health and le­gal help for vic­tims. “The cul­ture of si­lence is a great hin­drance to tack­ling the prob­lem,” Ndung’u said.

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