Kabianga University Students Rally in 16-Day Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Kericho, Kenya – Students from Kabianga University, alongside gender activists, embarked on a public awareness walk from Kabianga to Kericho town, marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. This initiative aims to sensitize the public on human rights and the pressing issue of gender-based violence (GBV).

According to Kenya News Agency, who led the event, a key concern highlighted during the walk was the inadequate safety for victims of sexual and gender-based violence, both before and after the prosecution of the perpetrators. Dr. Mwangila expressed concern over some community leaders, including chiefs and village elders, who contribute to the perpetuation of GBV by either tolerating such vices or resolving cases in favor of the culprits, leading to trauma and depression among victims. She urged the government to expedite the establishment of necessary infrastructure, such as county hotlines, to enable efficient reporting of GBV cases. "It's time we take action and end gender-based violence, especially amongst women and children in our county," stressed Dr. Mwangila. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that starts on November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and concludes on December 10th, Human Rights Day. This ye ar's theme focuses on the elimination of violence against the vulnerable for peaceful coexistence.