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Safe houses to be set up for GBV survivors in Nairobi as Kananu assents to Bill

 Media personality and Inua Dada founder  Janet Mbugua was also in attendance and representatives of Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).

“ The perception that ending GBV is not everyone’s fight. It is. And this is not the time to be on sidelines and gaslight those who are working tirelessly to address the myriad of issues, the layers and layers of complexities and roadblocks, in the path to ending this social ill,” Mbugua said.

Passaris noted that her office in partnership with Nairobi County  Government and the NMS are working together to put up a Safehouse in Nairobi.

In August, it was revealed that Sh68 million has been set aside towards the provisions of safe shelters.

City Hall will contribute Sh18 million, while the office of the Nairobi Woman Rep would give Sh50 million to construct safe shelters at Mji wa Huruma from this month.

The three partners are yet to sign a memorandum of understanding for the construction of the safehouse to commence.

Shebesh appealed to the county government for sufficient allocation of resources for gender issues.

She assured that the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender will support the implementation of the GBV law.

Sexual and gender-based violence continues to increase in the country, with Nairobi alone recording 3,716 cases between January and June this year.

Some 3,450 cases were recorded last year, as per the data from the Kenya Health Information System.

In 2019, at least 2,023 cases were reported, marking a decrease from 2,357 sexual violence cases in 2018.

In 2017, being an election year, 2,021 cases were recorded, while 1,997 cases were recorded in 2016.

 

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