National Assembly To Mark 16 Days Of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

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The National Assembly of Kenya will join the international community today in marking 16 days of activism against gender-based violence (GBV).

The event, which will take place in Parliament, is meant to show solidarity towards the cause on the elimination of GBV in Kenya.

Announcing a Communication to the House, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Moses Wetang'ula, invited all legislators to attend the Personal Commitment Event organized by UN Women in partnership with the Kenya Women's Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA).

The event is geared towards securing the personal commitments of Members of Parliament and key duty bearers on their actions to end GBV in Kenya.

This year's event, which is themed "UNiTE !Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls", will be commemorated globally.

The focus will be to mobilize Member States and other organizations to stand in solidarity and call for a world free from violence against women and girls.

The 16 days of activism against gender-based violence is an annual event that begins on 25th November on International Day for eliminating violence against women and girls (VAWG).

Noting that the event coincides with the commemoration of World Aids Day, he urged Members to come out and support the cause in creating awareness.

"Honourable Members, may we also take cognizance of the fact that Thursday, 1st December 2022 is World Aids Day. It is noteworthy that the spread of HIV/AIDS is a major concern as its spread is accelerated by Gender-Based Violence. According to UNAIDS, women who have experienced Gender-Based Violence are up to three times more likely to be infected with HIV than those who have not", he noted.

Kenya, a key champion of gender equality, has committed to 22 Actions to eradicate all forms of GBV and female Genital Mutilation by 2026. This will be achieved through intensified campaigns and working together to remove systemic barriers that allow GBV to thrive.

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