Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) has been a thorny issue among Vihiga residents that needs collaborative efforts to be contained.
The violence is mainly meted out to women and children, a situation that prompted the county government to initiate a process of coming up with SGBV and Children’s policies, which are currently awaiting public participation before they are adopted.
The County Director for Social Services and Gender (CDSG), Arthur Lisimba, said the two documents would be ready for launch in November 2023 to pave the way for their implementation.
Mr. Lisimba, who was speaking during the County Gender Sector Working Group (CGSWG) forum, commended the multi-sectorial partners for organising meetings to champion women’s and children’s rights.
Betty Okero, from the Civil Society Organisations’ (CSO) network, said they have established women’s, peace, and security committees at the grassroots level to enhance the impact of women’s rights advocacy activities.
She noted that through their efforts, the masses have been enlightened about gender equality and justice for all.
The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) Western Regional Manager, Mercy Ogwel, said they have been championing women’s participation in politics and the peace process, which has resulted in more women vying for and winning electoral positions.
Hellen Muchunu, from UN Women, observed that the campaign for empowering women is geared towards the realisation of gender equality and balanced socio-economic development.
By Sammy Mwibanda