Triple Launch of Reports on Child Sexual Abuse & Gender Based Violence in Kenya
Childline Kenya, the Gender Violence and Recovery Centre (GVRC) of Nairobi Women’s Hospital and the Small Arms Survey are pleased to launch three ground breaking research reports and annual statistics on child sexual abuse and gender based violence in Kenya. Data on the three reports was gathered in 2012 and published as:
- Child Sexual Abuse in Kenya” Occurrence, Context, Risk factors and Consequences by Childline Kenya in 2012
- Battering, Rape, and Lethal Violence : A Baseline of Information on Physical Threats Against Women in Nairobi by the Small Arms Survey
- 2011/2012 annual report on Gender Based Violence in Kenya by the Gender Violence Recovery Centre
This triple launch seeks to highlight the escalating trends of gender based violence, and particularly sexual abuse of women and children observed in Kenya in 2012.
This launch is even more significant now, coming during the transition, as Kenyans usher in a new Government. It seeks to draw the attention of all Kenyans away from the charged political environment to look at what really counts- the safety and security of all citizens, but more so that of children and women. Under normal circumstances, these groups are quite vulnerable to violence and abuse, on account of their gender and age as well as gender based inequalities and discriminations. This can be seen from the number of women and children who received treatment at various GVRC clinics in 2011-2012, 1103 (48%) being women and 1171 (42%) being girls; as well as the number of calls the child helpline 116 received regarding child protection totaling 6974.
Through this event, the groups would like to remind all Kenyans and government leaders particularly, that Kenyans need to uphold the rule of law and protect all citizens. The Constitution (2010), as well as other laws of the land including the Sexual offences Act and the Children Act 2001 has comprehensive provisions to safeguard the rights of children and women in Kenya. There is however a gap in the implementation of these laws as these three report show continued and increasing sexual abuse of girls, boys and women as well as battery (domestic violence) across the country. The groups request the new Government to prioritize prevention of GBV, Access to justice as well as enhance safe spaces for children and women to be able to build the economy and nation.
Childline Kenya is a national Non-Governmental Organization which works to promote children rights and protection in Kenya. Childline Kenya operates Kenya’s only 24 hour and toll free children helpline 116 where children and concerned adults call in and report child abuse.
Gender Violence and Recovery Centre (GVRC) is a non-profit making, non-partisan; charitable trust of the Nairobi Women’s Hospital (NWH) which is a private institution that specialises in obstetrics and gynaecology services and seeks to provide holistic care to women and their families. GVRC provide free medical treatment and psychosocial support to survivors of gender based violence.
The Small Arms Survey is an independent research project located at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. It serves as the principal international source of public information on all aspects of small arms and armed violence and as a resource for governments, policy-makers, researchers, and activists.
In case of any query, contact Naomi Ndomo on cellphone No. 0724 470 831 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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