Kenya launches POLICARE policy to tackle SGBV

Kenya's National Police Service unveiled the POLICARE policy on Wednesday at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi in response to an increase in sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) incidents.

The event was graced by H.E Margaret Kenyatta, CGH, First Lady of the Republic of Kenya as the chief guest accompanied by Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government Dr Fred Matiang'i, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Public Service, Gender, Senior Citizens Affairs, & Special Programmes Prof. Margaret Kobia PhD, MGH, Principal Secretary Interior Dr Karanja Kibicho, and DIG- KPS Mr Edward Mbugua.

In her remarks, the First lady advocated for a special approach in handling cases of SGBV, noting that "women and girls are more vulnerable, though men and boys are equally targeted."

The first lady also called for enhanced capacities for NPS to tackle the menace and formation of more partnerships since SGBV crimes are complex and require a multi-sectoral approach.

She pledged her assistance and goodwill in ensuring that the POLICARE model is quickly replicated so that victims can benefit from the full range of available services.

On his part, the Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai, thanked all the partners and stakeholders who have walked with the National Police Service to make the concept a reality, leading to the launch of the POLICARE Policy.

In his speech, delivered by the Deputy Inspector General-Kenya Police Service, Mutyambai termed POLICARE as a policy developed against the backdrop of a rapidly changing policing environment, demanding the effective and efficient provision of people-centred police services.

He termed the model as one that will "embrace a multi-sectoral approach in the provision of comprehensive medical, legal, protection and psychosocial services within a survivor centred One-Stop Center."

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