First Lady Margaret Kenyatta calls for a multisectoral approach to tackle sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV)



First Lady Margaret Kenyatta calls for a multisectoral approach to tackle sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV)

The First Lady reiterated her full support for the government’s commitment to end all forms of sexual and gender-based violence

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 13, 2021 / APO Group / –

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta called for an integrated and multisectoral approach to address the societal challenge of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the country.

The First Lady said tackling sexual and gender-based violence will require joint advocacy and public awareness efforts as well as strict law enforcement so that victims feel empowered and safe to report their encounters.

“We are, however, aware that addressing gender-based violence is complex and requires multisectoral coordination and support from all sectors, including courts, prisons, communities, non-governmental organizations and civil society,” said the First Lady.

The First Lady spoke at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi County, where she chaired the launch of the National Police Service (NPS) Integrated Gender-Based Violence (PoliCare) Integrated Response Operational Document.

The First Lady praised the NPS for the policy she called progressive and urged the police and other agencies involved to ensure the roadmap is fully implemented.

“Your public duty and responsibility in this case is essential because you are on the front line; you are the first point of contact to help victims of gender-based violence, ”said the First Lady, and advised law enforcement to ensure that victims of sexual and gender-based violence gain their trust in any time.

Once again, the First Lady reiterated her full support for the government’s commitment to end all forms of sexual and gender-based violence, saying it will take more than law enforcement for Kenya to end. fully attack backward customs, cultural practices and beliefs that allow crimes.

“In addition, we are committed to ending all forms of gender-based violence – including child and forced marriages – by addressing social and cultural norms that propagate vice while providing support to women. and to the girls who have been affected, ”assured the First Lady.

Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang’i, who also spoke at the launch, said PoliCare is part of the ongoing police service reforms, saying the new policy aims to provide one-stop centers across the country where victims of sexual and gender-based violence will find all the help they need.

In her speech, Professor Margaret Kobia on Gender CS said that sexual and gender-based violence is linked to poverty and called for concerted efforts by stakeholders to address the underlying factors of crimes.

Other speakers at the event, also attended by Home Affairs PS Dr Karanja Kibicho, were Deputy Inspector General of Police Edward Mbugua and genus CAS Linah Kilimo.

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