Africa UNiTE has asked the government to set up well equipped Gender Violence Recovery and Rescue Centers and establish safe houses in areas that have high incidences of gender based violence. The group argued that this is one way to stand in solidarity with all survivors of gender based violence.
The group was speaking after they condemned the physical assault, rape and attempted murder of Ms. Irene Aisha Syongula by men in Kibarani, Mombasa on 16 February, 2017.
In a statement targeted at various government agencies, they want stern action taken against perpetrators of gender based violence in order to stem the vice.
The Director of Public Prosecutions was asked to expand the database of special prosecutors on gender based violence cases to ensure expedient access to justice for all survivors of gender based violence in Kenya.
“Gender based violence is one of the worst violations of human rights and it not only affects the survivors but also those within the larger society as well,” they said. They added that survivors of gender based violence often carry the scars of the debilitating abuse, trauma and stigma and this significantly interferes and limits their ability to live and enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life.
They also asked the Inspector General of Police to commit to fully resourcing all the gender desks at the police stations to ensure that all times there are adequate numbers of gender sensitive police officers ready to handle all cases of gender based violence.
“The latest case of Ms. Irene Aisha is a testament to the growing impunity and disregard to human rights in Kenya. Gender based violence is often linked to unequal gender relations within communities and abuses of power”, they asserted.
Through these actions targeted at various government agencies, the vice will be stemmed as they explained that it is sad that as a country we remain tolerant to perpetrators of gender based violence and are often quick to blame survivors.
Africa UNiTE is the regional component of the United Nations Secretary General’s (SG) Global Campaign and a continent-wide partnership to end all violence against women and girls. The ultimate goal of Africa UNiTE is to mobilize and support governments in fulfilling their commitments to end violence against women and girls.