Civil Societies Decry the Increase of Gender Based Cases

Haki Africa Executive Officer Khalid Hussein Haki Africa Executive Officer Khalid Hussein

By The Coast Newspaper Reopter

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We have recorded a total of 214 cases of gender based violence in Mombasa in the past three months” Haki Afrika a locally based civil society has said.

According to the Executive Director of the lobby group Hussein Khalid the statistics were recorded between October to December in 2017.

Addressing the press in Mombasa on Thursday during the launch of a women paralegal session the executive said they have been receiving complaints from women whose constitutional rights were violated.

He added that the ongoing paralegal session is aimed at empowering women in the fight against violation of their rights.

“Haki Afrika has received a total of 214 cases of gender based violence. This session is specifically aimed at empowering women in the fight against their rights violation." Khalid said.

Khalid noted that most women aged 25 to 35 years have fallen victims of the vice pointing out that the violence ranges from domestic violence to physical and psychological mistreatment.

The executive insisted that the lobby has partnered with the office of the women representative within the county to ensure that constitutional rights of women are upheld.

“We are closely working with the office of the women representative in Mombasa County to ensure that their rights are taken into account.” The official said

He outlined that GBV is especially prevalent in urban areas citing Mombasa, Malindi, Kwale and Diani areas as the mostly affected towns.

He however warned those who violate womens rights insisting that the law will catch up with them.

“The vice is rampant in Mombasa, Malindi kwale and Diani towns.” The activist stated.

Meanwhile, Chief Kadhi Ahmed Mukhdhar highlighted that he is mandated in ensuring that constitutional rights of women are upheld.

“We are charged with the responsibility of ensuring that constitutional rights of women and every Kenyan is adhered to.” The senior official outlined.

He urged family members in the contemporary society to effectively play their individual responsibilities in order to avoid any family related wrangle.

On the other hand, Mombasa county women representative Asha Hussein reiterated that she vested with the authority of empowering women within the county.

On the issue of erecting a rescue centre for violence stricken victims, the representative said she has partnered with the office of the county government to ensure violated remain in safe hands.

I have partnered with the office of the governor to ensure that women’s rights are taken into account. She said.

She added that her office is strategizing on where to build the public utility.

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