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First Lady to open KNH Gender Based Violence recovery ward

08 December 2015, 16:08 George Tubei

Nairobi - Her Excellency the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta is set to open the renovated Kenyatta National Hospital Gender Based Violence Recovery Ward today.

The refurbishment has been supported by the German Development Cooperation through the Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Networks Project.

Sexual gender based violence network seeks to transform the way power is used between men and women in the society through understanding how violence occurs.

The opening of the ward is part of the 16 days of activism programme which was officially launched on November 25, 2015.

16 Days of Activism is a worldwide campaign to oppose violence against women and children. It aims to raise awareness on the negative impacts that violence and abuse have on women and children.

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Violence against women is the most common and widespread form of human rights violations in the world and cuts across borders, race, class ethnicity and religion.

According to the Gender based Violence Recovery Center (GVRC) annual report released early this year, one in five Kenyan women (21%) have experienced sexual violence while 45% of women between the ages 15–49 in Kenya have experienced either physical or sexual violence with women and girls accounting for 90% of the gender based violence cases reported.

The report also found out that 90% of the reported perpetrators were men who were known/intimate to the women.

The United Nations describes sexual gender based violence as any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivations of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.

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