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Stakeholders raise alarm over rising cases of GBV in Gusii

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Stellah Omari adressing the participants at the muungano gender forum monthly sessions

Alarm has been raised over the increase of rise in Gender based Violence cases in Kisii and Nyamira counties.

Speaking during the monthly engagement with stakeholders between Muungano gender forum and International Solidarity Foundation [ISF] in Kisii, the organizers have asked the community leaders to work with relevant authorities to avert the rising cases of Gender based violence.

Joel Machuka who is the co-convener of the meeting says that cases of  violence against women especially in the entire Gusii region seems has been on the rise and hence need to seek alternative ways to avert its raise.

The advocacy officer further alluded that by not understanding their space of interaction with men, women have taken it as a normality for some gender violence offences.

“You realize that it’s not permitted in the law for a man to touch any part of a lady without her consent but its seen as a normal routine by others to have even their buttocks, breasts and assertions made to glorify sex that was not the intention”,

Woen should rise to the occasion and avert this”,  asserted MAchuka.

However, Authorities have been urged to spearhead and fastrack prosecution and aresst of various Gender based cases witnessed recently in Kisii and Nyamira counties.

Addressing the some forum Stellah Omari said that Social norms & socialization in our societies have fueled masculinity which has gone to contribute to sexual harassment.

“This can only be stopped when we speak up. We encourage Women to speak and report any cases from relevant authorities to reduce the vice”, she asserted.

She also said that Sexual harassment at the workplace is so rampant due to lack of organizational sexual policy or the lack of implementation of existing policies, victim shaming, poor reporting channels and toxic organization culture.