Govt urged to device new ways to fight gender violence
18 October 2013, 17:39
Nakuru - Managing director Institute of Women and Gender Development, Damaris Parsitau, has urged the government to come up with new ways to fight violence against women.
Parsitau said that central Provence and Rift Valley are the regions in the country where most cases of violence against women are reported.
“The government needs to come up with ways that will help curb the rising cases of violence in the country because it’s going up at an alarming rate,” she said.
Speaking on Thursday during the 13th Gender Awareness day at Egerton University in Njoro, she said that cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) are still rampant among the nomadic communities in the country saying many girls are still suffering in silence.
She noted that FGM was still embedded in cultures and religious beliefs among the communities in the country.
“In nomadic communities where education for a girl child is still a mirage, the government needs to do something because many girls and women are suffering in silence,” she said.
She also pointed that the case of Nairobi governor Evans Kidoro who allegedly slapped Rachel Shebesh should not go unpunished.
Parsitau said that the law should be followed to the letter when dealing with men who batter women in the country.
She noted that cases of gender violence in universities are also on the rise saying in a day, they receive three to four cases where girls are assaulted.
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