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Gender violence claims against Nyeri women a myth, says Kagwe

12 May 2014, 14:07 Joseph Njunj'eh

Nyeri - Senator Mutahi Kagwe has poured cold water over reports linking Nyeri women to gender based violence saying it is a myth and that Gender Based Violence (GBV) is an overall problem.

Speaking in Nyeri town over the weekend during the launch of One Million Fathers Movement, Kagwe said that sexual violence affects both genders.

“Most defilement and rape cases are committed by people well known to the victim. Men also go through a lot of torture related to sexual violence but cannot reveal due to stigma,” Kagwe lamented.

The Gender Violence Recovery Centre (GVRC) executive director, Alberta Wambua stated that the campaign against GBV is targeting men from all walks of life noting that it is rife in rural areas.

She noted that for the past twelve years, the GVRC at the Nairobi Women’s Hospital has treated over 27 000 survivors of GBV.

She further said most cases of GBV go unreported with 55 to 95 percent of women having never sought help.

She stated that the campaign will be launched in other counties countrywide in a bid to mobilize and recruit men to commit to end violence against women.

However, Maendeleo ya Wanaume Association chairman, Nderitu Njoka lashed out at the movement arguing that it was biased as it did not seek commitment signatures from both genders.

“I cannot offer my signature to such a biased movement which has no equality. Women should also sign and show their commitment too,” said Njoka.

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