The National Gender and Equality Commission has called for the enactment of laws to support the fight against gender based violence in every county.
Commission Chairperson Dr Joyce Mwikali Mutinda said many girls were victims of sexual violation and ended up getting pregnant after Schools closed for longer holiday last year due to COVID-19 pandemic.
“I don’t want to talk about the parents only, there are people who took advantage of the girls and made sexual advances that have resulted to many of them getting pregnant because there are no laws protecting them,” she said.
She also appealed to the National Government more so the Members of Parliament to pass the children’s bill into law.
“There is also the sexual offences act that according to us is not in order and needs to be amended particularly where there is child to child sex ,” Dr Mutinda added.
Dr Mutinda lauded elders from Samburu community for declaring an end to Female Genital Mutilation saying girls rights must be protected.
“When a declaration is made, we need male champions who will make sure it is followed to the letter because there are some traditional ways of making sure it is implemented,” she said.
Dr Mutinda was speaking in Maralal town Samburu county during a workshop on gender equality and equity.
The youths who attended the workshop said they have been sidelined in development urging the government to ensure equality and equity in distribution and utilization of resources among groups of special interests.