In the past few years, the country has made significant progress in putting in place legal and policy frameworks, that are either specific or speak to some dimensions of GBV. Kenya has ratified international instruments on the protection and advancement of women rights; while at the national level the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 has a very progressive Bill of Rights.
There are other legislations such as The Sexual Offenses Act and the Protection Against Domestic Violence Bill (PADV, 2013), which is yet to be enacted. Furthermore, there are specific programs on Human Rights, GBV and violence against women (VAW) being implemented by various organizations across the country. But many questions still remain; are these legal, policies and programmes having an impact in protecting women and other survivors from violence while at the same time guaranteeing justice for those who been violated? What are the gaps, both at the National and County government levels that need to be addressed? Do the public and policy makers appreciate GBV as a major problem, which has negative implications on national development? Are there sufficient institutions and mechanisms in place to address the vice? These questions and concerns are some of the issues that informed the assessment of the GBV problem and the institutions that respond to it in the nine counties in Kenya namely, Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Kisumu, Kisii, Migori, Kwale, Mombasa and Taita Taveta.
The assessment was commissioned by International Rescue Committee in partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and three local Kenyan organizations— Sauti Ya Wanawake Pwani, Rural Women Peace Link and Coalition on Violence against Women. The study was undertaken to establish, prevalence of GBV issues in the nine counties; interventions in place (both government and nongovernmental) to respond to the issues; the services offered and their effectiveness, and accountability of office bearers at the two levels of governments in addressing GBV.
The study also looked at coordination mechanisms among the different actors. This report provides recommendations that touch on both prevention and response aspects of GBV.
Counties covered;Kisii, Kisumu, Kwale, Migori, Mombasa, Nandi, Taita Taveta, Trans Nzoia & Uasin Gishu
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