Kenyan MPs Mark 16 Days Of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

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Kenyan lawmakers on Thursday marked the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence (GBV).

The event was held at the Parliament Buildings to stand in solidarity with anti-GBV crusaders to free society from violence against women and girls.

The event's climax was the signing of a Personal Commitment by female and male members and other stakeholders to relentlessly combat the GBV in the country and beyond.

The event, whose theme was 'UNiTE Activism to end violence against women and girls, was organized by Kenya Women Parliamentarians Association (KEWOPA) and partners.

While making her remarks, National Assembly deputy speaker Gladys Boss called for reforms in the Police Service as the first point of contact while handling GBV cases to be more responsive and supportive to the fight against the vice in society.

"The Police Service laxity in firmly dealing with perpetrators of GBV has frustrated efforts by campaigners against the vice to end it," said Gladys.

She highlighted the need to involve Police at all levels in capacity-building programmes.

Her sentiments were echoed by fellow female colleagues who narrated how the police officers had frustrated their efforts to bring to book perpetrators of GBV in their constituencies and called for action.

Legislators underscored that the war against GBV will only be won if the Police Service commits to supporting victims and investigating perpetrators of such crimes conclusively.

Senator Kathuri Murungi said that there was a need for the anti-GBV crusaders to include men and boys in the efforts to protect them from the vice, noting that most of them were suffering in silence.

"It is now an open secret that most men and boys are being subjected to untold suffering, but they suffer in silence because they fear reporting such cases. Consider involving them in your activities," he noted.

He assured those present of the Senate's support in making the country achieve zero tolerance to the vice through enacting legislation that would support the course.

He added that empowering women to hold key leadership positions would be one of the steps towards winning the war against GBV.

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