Kenya

Situation Report

Sector Status

Protection (Gender-based Violence)

500K
women&girl in need in informal settlements

Needs

  • Since the implementation of strict measures to control the spread of COVID-19, the national Council on Administration of Justice has reported a significant spike in sexual offences, including domestic violence, in many parts of the country.

  • There has been a 13 per cent increase in GBV cases in Kenya between January and March 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, according to analyzed data from the national GBV Hotline, 1195. This is corroborated by a study undertaken by the Ministry of Health and Population Council (April 2020) on COVID-19 Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices and Needs which showed that 39 per cent of women and 32 per cent of men were experiencing tensions in their homes. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Public Service and Gender have decried the spike in GBV cases in the country, urging citizens to be vigilant and law abiding while assuring them of State protection.

  • About 80,000 women and girls displaced and affected by floods are in need of GBV related services and psycho social first aid, according to GBV partners.

  • About 500,000 women and girls in urban informal settlements need access to basic household supplies and dignity kits to reduce the risk of GBV.

  • About 440,000 girls in counties with high prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) require social protection and psychosocial support, including dignity kits.

  • At least 2,350 women and girls across the country are in need of shelters and safe houses for protection from GBV and FGM.

Response

  • Provision of dignity kits to 500 women and girls in Nairobi and Baringo counties and to 200 women and girls living with disabilities.

  • More than 1,070 GBV cases reported through the national GBV Hotline in June, provided with referral support and psychosocial first aid.

  • At least 2.5 million people reached with messages on GBV through multiple platforms, including webinars, social media, radio stations and print media since May 2020.

  • Psychosocial support for frontline health workers provided to the Gender Violence Recovery Centre (GVRC).

Gaps

  • Movement restrictions has hampered delivery of protection services by GBV actors and Gender Officers, as they have not been included among essential service providers to sustain continuity of services.

  • At least 3,000 health care workers and 1,500 police officers still need orientation on GBV and female genital mutilation.

  • Access to justice has been a challenge as the court system is not operating.

  • Reluctance by many survivors to officially report violations citing fear of repeated violence as due to uncertainty from enforcement actors.

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