Mombasa gets boost in fight against SGBV
By Allan Kai & Gilbert Were
Various stakeholders in Mombasa have come together in a bid to sensitise the locals on the rise of Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Kisauni sub-county.
The initiative was led by Actionaid together with women leaders in the county, who on Wednesday visited Mwakirunge ward, Kisauni sub-county.
According to Actionaid Team leader Coast Region, Jane Kigen, Unilever has released Sh.60M which shall be directed towards SGBV sensitisation efforts in seven most affected counties beginning with Mombasa and Kilifi counties.
“Gender based violence has become common place in our communities and mostly affects young school going girls and even boys, as well as male and female adults in some cases. We hope this programme will help reduce the cases,” said Ms. Kigen.
She emphasized that parents and the community should be more vigilant especially during this time that children are staying at home, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“On our part, we shall engage all the nineteen village elders of Mwakirunge with the help of the chief, so that we can have a list of all school going children in order to be able to monitor their whereabouts and to keep them engaged in productive activities,” she added.
Led by Mombasa County Nominated MCA, Milkah Areba, and area MCA Pheddis Mbura, the team also unveiled a consignment of soap donated by Unilever International and Mum’s Magic that was distributed by Actionaid.
Hon. Areba assured the people of Mwakirunge on the continued support in as far as helping draft legislation at the County Assembly, which would allow for the swift action in times of cases of SGBV.
“As women MCAs in the county assembly, and understanding the tragedy that is early teenage pregnancies and rising rape cases, we have helped pass the SGBV act which has led to the establishment of rescue centers where those affected can go to in order to get assistance,” said Hon. Areba
Hon. Areba also called upon the department of roads and infrastructure both at the county and national levels to repair the Mwakirunge roads.
She aded that this will open up Mwakirunge economically to the rest of Mombasa, which will also make it easier to access the area for development purposes.
Hon. Mbura thanked Actionaid for their continued support in fighting SGBV in her ward and reiterated the importance to adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
In the last three months, 10 cases of gender based violence and sexual abuse have been reported in Mwakirunge.
Ms. Kigen decried that due to the uncertainty of the Coronavirus pandemic, the numbers might increase if caution is not exercised.