By Obegi Malack
Forum For Women in Development, Democracy and Justice (FODDAJ) with support from the African Women’s Development Fund has held sensitization workshop on prevention response and management of survivors of Gender Based violence that was attended by national government administrators from Kajiado North sub county.
FODDAJ Project Coordinator Julian Nekesa said the officers were taken through topics on how to respond, protect, prevent and manage survivors of GBV.
Most gender-based violence cases happen on holidays especially the month of December, these is the period school learners are with parents and there demand for more finance and parties.
Deputy County Commissioner Patrick Mwangi said cases of GBV and teenage pregnancies mostly occur during festive seasons.
The DCC said cases of teenage pregnancy are still being recorded, in KCSE 2022 exams one student was forced to sit for exam in hospital after giving birth.
“Every govt agent should do his part to ensure such cases are completely stopped, hold forums and talk with the communities,” he told the administrators.
Assistant County Commissioner Bathsheba Osiemo noted that the forum was important since it brought together all government administrators from police to chiefs, these are the officers who are involved in implementing GBV rules.
She said govt officers and the community should take advantage of festive season to hold sensitization meetings to empower the community on GBV.
The ACC said the govt welcomes different partners to handle cases of GBV, teenage pregnancies and drugs since it is a shared responsibility, the commissioner’s office have come up with a taskforce to handle the issues.
“We should work as a team to end the menace, everyone should be an ambassador to share the message to the community,” she said. The officers should have knowledge on how to handle GBV survivors they should be given ear to give their stories to receive help.
GBV activist Naomi Kilima who is also an advocate of the High Court said the community should deal with the source of GBV, she pointed out that the administrators should approach the GBV survivors with human rights approach.
She said the victims should receive justice in a timely manner, she noted that many cases of GBV are not reported and cases takes a lot of time to be solved.
Kilima who is also an advocate for survivors of sexual GBV to get access to justice said the country has GBV laws but the problem is slow implementations .
She said women are being cultured into understanding they are being empowered but not empowered to use their money, she said for women using money to empower their family does not mean they are lesser person.
“Our society is not embracing change, we should embrace the new society, we are equal with equal capabilities,” she said.
Alternative Justice System Kajiado cosmopolitan chair Dr Henry Omae said the cases can also been solved through the dispute resolution, he said they have reduced backlog of court cases since they took office in January, 2022, they have concluded 21 cases successfully.
GBV occurs mostly to women but cases of men being victims have also been witnessed. Men who are domestic violence victims don’t report the cases most of them fear receiving gender-stereotyped treatment from professionals and services providers.