Kisii County First lady madam Elizabeth Ongwae has said it is time to galvanize action to end Gender based violence in Kenya through an integrated approach to voice against gender based violence especially against children and women.
Speaking to Gusii Star the First Lady said the fight against gender-Based Violence campaign in Kisii needs urgent and extra input from all the stakeholders to join hands and fight to realize equality in the society.
“Elimination of Gender based violence is very close to my heart. I call upon Kisii residents to join as we mark these 16 days of activism.
I will ensure mass mobilization of all communities to promote collective responsibility in the fight to eradicate this scourge in our communities,” she told Gusii Star.
The First Lady has however challenged stakeholders especially opinion leaders from the community to use their influence and fight Violence against women, Men, Youth and children.
“It is not a government’s responsibility but an issue that all of us have to take into consideration. Let us be proactive as we seek to make Kisii County a gender free zone,” she added.
According to Kisii University Vice Chancellor, Prof George Akama, in line with realizing the Sustainable development goals as enshrined by the, Kisii University will help set up a gender Policy that will seek to protect students from the vice
University head of Gender Studies Dr Callen Nyamwange called on residents to address issues of child labour which were part of gender based violence.
In 2008, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, launched the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls around the world.
This year a new Sustainable Development agenda, which for the first time includes specific targets and indicators on ending violence against women, replaced the Millennium Development Goals.
The African Development Bank Group is marking its solidarity with the UN by organizing a Bank-wide awareness campaign led by the Office of the Special Envoy on Gender. The campaign runs from November 25 to December 10, and features a variety of mini events and initiatives.
These events are taking place at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, its regional canters and field offices across the continent.