By: Dishon Amanya
The State Department for Gender in partnership with development partners and other stakeholders yesterday launched the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence campaign at KICC, Nairobi.
This year’s theme, Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now will see Kenya stand with the rest of the world and in solidarity against GBV.
The 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence is an international campaign that calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. The campaign runs annually from 25th November to 10th of December.
In Bungoma, CAS Ministry of Public Administration and Gender Hon. Rachael Shebesh,PS Gender Collete Suda, Country Director UN Women Ms. Ann Mutavati and Bungoma County Women Rep Hon. Catherine Wambilianga joined Bungoma Deputy Governor Prof. Kibanani Ngome for the launch of the 16 days of activism against gender based violence at Mabanga ATC in Kanduyi Sub- County, Bungoma.
Bungoma County is among the counties in Kenya that has recorded the highest number of GBV Cases, this violence has manifested itself in the form of physical, sexual and psychological harm or suffering, arbitrary deprivation of liberty as well as threats. In another instances Hon.Rachael Shebesh highlighted that violence has been a tool of political harassment and intimidation against female candidates during the election period.
“We need committed action that looks beyond the 16days of activism campaigns against gender-based violence, in practical terms, we need more action that starts in our homes and extends into the public spaces. The violence we see in public spaces is a reflection of what our homes look like and vice-versa.” Shebesh said.
She further added to his sentiment that violence undermines progress, development and who we are as a people and a nation. We need a conducive environment in a fair and just world and in our country with more women participating in politics and the economy.
Shebesh thanked Bungoma Leaders for taking part in ensuring the allocation of funds is sourced in to fight cases of GBV in the county. Shebesh thanked the first in command, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta for being at the forefront to fight GBV in the Country.
Thereafter, the convoy headed to Ndengelewa Gender Based Center for a courtesy visit to inspect the area where more funds will be sourced to fight against GBV in Bungoma County.