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No violence against women

24 January 2014, 18:00 Maxwell Ngallah

Mombasa - In a recent research conducted by Haki Africa a non governmental organization in the country, most women in the coastal region suffer in the hands of their won community, husbands and employers with some women being sexually abused.

According to Haki Africa’ Executive Director Khalid Hussein most women in rural areas of the region have been suffering because of old cultural beliefs and practices which discriminate against them adding that their is urgent need for an awareness campaign so as to curb the vice.

“We must think of different ways of approaching and curbing violence against women since this vice have detour most women in participating in leadership and economic activities in the region” noted Hussein.

Mentioning Kwale and Kilifi Counties as the leading Counties where most women are denied their rights because of cultural beliefs, the human rights activist has warned that if no any immediate intervention over the mater, women in those two counties will continue to suffer.

“Until we initiate different ways of fighting violence against women in all the six Counties in our region, our women will not get any platform to participate in important decision making in our county management”, reiterated Hussein.

Adding that the current fight against terrorism in the region has also caused a lot of pain and suffering both physically and psychologically to quiet a number of women especially in Mombasa and Kwale Counties, Hussein said that as an organization, Haki Africa is already conducting a series of meetings with the affected women and soon peacefully awareness processions will be held in different counties of the coast region to condemn the inhumane acts against women.

“We understand that the region has faces a series of killings in the name of fighting terrorism, this situation has led to a lot of psychological suffering among many women in the coast” divulged the Haki Africa Executive Director.

Calling on professional counselors and the legal fraternity to assist such women who despite going through severe emotional pains in their lives, they have no one to turn to, The human rights activist has noted that such women are unable to face life challenges in life as most of them depended mostly on their husbands as bread winners.

However, Hussein has exuded hope that with the  launch of the campaign End violence against women in the region, apart from easing their pain most women who lost their husbands through terrorism issues  will also learn on how to earn a living and recollect their lives through ideas and fresh dialogue with professionals.

Meanwhile, Hussein has called on Police officers to quickly conduct investigations over an incident where a 9 ear old epileptic girl was gang raped and dumped in a culvert in Taita taveta County.

According to Hussein the incident is so inhumane and since both her mother and sister are also epileptic, the girl has not gotten any assistance from her family, a situation that according to the Haki Africa Executive Director needs a wider perspective solution.

The girl is still recuperating at the Voi district hospital where though she is responding well to treatment doctor say that she sustained serious abdominal pains.

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