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Breaking the Chains: A Call to End Gender-Based Violence Against Women and Girls in Kenya

By Seliphar Machoni

A silent epidemic persists in Kenya, shrouding the lives of countless women and girls in fear and despair.

The evil spectre of gender based violence casts a dark shadow across the country, leaving scars that span generations.

It’s time for us to come together and break the chains that bind our sisters, daughters, and friends. Together, we can create a future free from the shackles of violence. Most communities in Kenya are full of stories of pain and resilience.

Women and girls face a wide range of abuses, from domestic violence to human trafficking. It is time to bring this reality to light and recognize the pain that has been hidden for far too long.

Siasa Place Executive Director Nerima Wako says gender-based violence remains a troubling issue in the country.

“Gender-based violence remains a major problem in this country today, and there are limited resources allocated to combating this violence. We are committed to demanding that the appropriate agencies develop policies that protect all people exposed to violence based on violence,” she said.

She added that it was important to focus not only on funding but also on information, data, partnership, and evidence of cooperation to give survivors reassurance.

Empowering girls is like empowering nations. It is a necessity as it helps them express their dissatisfaction. We must amplify their voices and provide survivors with a platform where they can share their stories without fear of judgment. Through storytelling, we can break the silence and foster a culture of empathy and understanding.

Knowledge and understanding of how to properly protect yourself and fight for your rights are key. We can challenge deep-rooted stereotypes and raise a generation that respects and values each individual. Knowledge is the key to eliminating the roots of gender-based violence.

Above all, the legal system must act as a shield against gender-based violence, not an obstacle to justice. It is important to advocate for stronger laws and their effective implementation. Together we can ensure perpetrators are held accountable and send a clear message that violence will not be tolerated.

Most survivors are found in the community. Providing communities with the right information makes it easier to end gender-based violence. Through workshops, awareness campaigns, and support networks, we can build a united front against abuse. When communities come together, they are a powerful force for change.

Additionally, strengthening the independence of girls and women can prevent many incidents of violence. By providing skills development and entrepreneurship opportunities for women and girls, we reduce the economic barriers that often keep them trapped in cycles of violence.

We are in the age of technology. In this digital age, technology can be a powerful ally. Women and girls who understand how technology works are more likely to discover information. Mobile apps, hotlines, and online resources can connect victims to support networks and emergency services. Using technology as a tool for change can bridge the gap and provide timely assistance.

Ending gender-based violence requires a collective effort. This is a call to action for individuals, communities, and nations. Let us be architects of change and shape a future where all women and girls live free from the shadow of violence.

Let us together raise our voices and let that call echo across the plains of Kenya, lighting a flame of hope and resilience. Together, we can dismantle the structures that perpetuate gender-based violence and pave the way for a better, safer future.

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