Government’s response to Gender-Based Violence too little, too late according to report

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the government to deliberately protect women and girls from Gender-Based Violence by providing them with free medical and mental health services, alternative housing, as well as timely justice.

The call comes amidst a report released which revealed that the government’s response to Gender-Based Violence during the Covid-19 pandemic has been too little, too late.

A senior Women’s Rights Researcher and the head of the HRW in Nairobi Agnes Odhiambo said survivors and others interviewed cited sexual abuse, beatings, being thrown out of the home, forced child marriage, and female genital mutilation as common abuses.

Odhiambo said most survivors interviewed did not report the abuse to the authorities because they did not believe they would receive assistance or believed they would have to pay bribes for assistance and lacked the ability to pay.


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