Nairobi, 2nd December, 2022
Roselyn Mukabana, Nairobi City County, Gender Based Violence (GBV) Coordinator joined other stakeholders at Mbagathi hospital for the official unveil of Tumaini clinic; a facility that will be used by victims of Gender Based violence (GBV).
Present during the event was Dr. Lucina Koyio, Nairobi City County, Chief Officer, Health who flagged off The 16 days of activism walk aimed at sensitizing the public against GBV in the society. During the event Tumaini clinic in Mbagathi hospital was also unveiled to tackle GBV issues.
Said Ms. Mukabana, “This clinic will handle fresh and old cases at no cost service to survivors through a 1508 hotline number. Nairobi County has provided services to more than 5,000 cases reported in Nairobi between January to September this year out of these 121 were boys aged 0-11, girls of the same age were 552. People with Disability were 108 between the ages of 16-24. sexual violence against women, girls and boys remains the most pervasive human rights violation.”
Said Ms. Mukabana, “Governor Sakaja Johnson, has strengthened multisectoral approach and ensured capacity building of service providers who continue to provide dignified services to those affected. The Governor during the recent budget retreat advocated for more allocation of resources towards the fight and prevention of SGBV. The Governor continues to also support the 47 hospitals that caters for the victims. He called upon the Judiciary to expedite cases of Gender based violence victims by ensuring they mete out stiffer penalties and punishments.”
Two weeks ago, Nairobi City County launched the Count down to the 16 Days of activism which commenced on 25th Nov.- 10th December. Says Ms. Mukabana, “We are encouraging everyone to get involved: from amplifying the voices of survivors and activists to supporting women’s organizations and strengthening feminist movements, we can all act to empower survivors, reduce and prevent violence against women and girls, and protect women’s rights. This years’ theme for the 16 Days of Activism Campaign for 2022 is: “Socio-Economic Rights and Empowerment to build Women’s Resilience against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide: Connect, Collaborate, Contract!”
“Every day, we witness people bravely sharing their stories of persistence and survival in the face of misogyny, sexual violence, and harassment. Their courage is contagious and it powers a movement for lasting change,” said Ms. Mukabana. “In Nairobi, we are meeting this historic moment with our own action and leadership by uplifting survivors, connecting them to support, and working to prevent violence. But we cannot do this work alone – we want all Nairobians; women, girls, men and boys to be part of the solution and take action against gender-based violence in our city.”