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The Extent of Gender Based Violence in TransNzoia

40 out of 100 women in Kenya have experienced physical violence, and one in five women have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime, Trans Nzoia deputy governor Dr. Stanley Tarus has revealed.

He observed that GBV affects not only the women concerned but to their families, their communities, and the country as a whole.

The deputy county chief estimated that the loss in productivity associated with close partner violence alone amounts to 1.2 percent of Kenya's GDP.

He said the county is fully committed to sensitization and advocacy towards the fight against gender-based violence this year’s theme being “ I ACRE ABOUT YOU”

“It is estimated that 3,000 survivors of GBV report at GVRC-NWH every year, the female population being the most affected with 56 percent women and 36 percent girls reported cases in GVRC men being the main perpetrators of violence,” he said.

He was speaking today in Kitale during the commemoration of International Day for the elimination of violence against women and the beginning of 16 days of Activism against gender-based violence.

According to the report from the children protection unit domiciled in Kitale police station, more than 150 cases of violence have been registered in Trans Nzoia county since the begging of this year and these occur inform of defilement, child, rape, sexual assault, and other related violence.

Tarus said the fight against poverty and injustice will only bear fruit if we invest in addressing the root causes of gender inequalities and GBV in our families, societies, and national at large.

He said Accessing quality education empowers women and promotes better health and livelihoods for them and their children saying the benefit of educating girls, therefore, has a positive ripple effect on families and societies.

The deputy governor further called on the stakeholders to move with speed and address the issue of teenage pregnancy saying social and cultural factors have prolonged gender inequalities and discrimination against women and girls.

On overage, He said, 4 out of every 10 girls will be married before their eighteenth birthday adding that early marriage has negatively impacted education outcomes opining that the community should support girls to re-engage in education as soon as possible after childbirth.

“Government as a society have a role to play more generally in encouraging and supporting girls who drop out of school due to pregnancy. Pregnancy should not prevent girls from completing their education.

He reiterate the county government's commitment to fostering equality and the empowerment of women adding that Trans Nzoia administration has already made great strides-mostly in the level of representation of women in political and democratic decision-making organs.

He said the Trans Nzoia administration fully supports the national plan of Action to end Violence against women and children which will be launched soon.

He said the plan has the transformation of social norms and women’s economic empowerment at its heart.

“This is a good step, and let me assure you that the county government of Trans Nzoia and other stakeholders are committed to work together and support you to make violence against women unacceptable, everywhere’ said Tarus.

Speaking at the same events Gender CEC Christine Tanguli challenged the community to continue to engage men and particularly young boys in challenging ideas of what it means to be a man.

“This, of course, must not be limited to engaging them in a majority of men who have committed violence themselves, but also include those men who allow violence through silence” she added.

The CEC observed that young boys need role models who challenge violence against women and who show them that such violence is a sign of weakness rather than manliness.

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