Reducing violence against women and girls
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is present and under-reported in all counties. Rape and defilement are increasing issues of concern, whilst female genital mutilation (FGM) is entrenched culturally in many areas. Cases of VAWG, particularly rape, are often unreported due to the stigma attached and a feeling that reporting would not benefit the victim. Drivers of VAWG include the preference for educating boys rather than girls, harmful traditional practices and culturally ingrained beliefs, and the lack of participation of women in local governance.
Jamii Thabiti’s key national interventions in addressing VAWG focus on supporting the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender which, through its state directorate of gender, has the overall mandate for the formulation of policy and national strategies for addressing violence against women and girls. Jamii Thabiti also works closely with the National Gender and Equality Commission on Keeping the Promise Campaign which aims to secure commitments by duty bearers at all levels to end all forms of Violence Against Women and Girls. At county and community levels, Jamii Thabiti facilitates programming to address entrenched cultural and traditional practices that hinder effective programing for the prevention of VAWG.
“We need to ensure that women and girls who are suffering from gender based violence receive immediate help, and then we also need look at the root causes of it and why it happens – we need to put out the fire but then make sure we look at the conditions that caused the fire to start, and address them.”
Read Jacinta's In Focus piece on how Jamii Thabiti approaches the mitigation of violence against women and girls.