Overview of the legal and policy framework for gender-based violence in Kenya

Earlier definitions of gender-based violence (GBV) centered on violence against women. It was defined as any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivations of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.

AMWIK: We need to hasten GBV response measures in Kenya

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is an ugly sore in the face of our country. It has taken many lives, not only of men and women, but those of innocent children as well, who have no fault of their own and have no stake in the violence.

Role of the police in ending violence against women during elections

Violence against women during elections (VAWDE) is any harm or threat of harm committed against women with intent or impact of interfering with their free and equal participation in the electoral process.

Systemic and intersectional response needed to counter GBV

The United Nations (UN) defines gender-based violence (GBV) is defined as any act of physical, sexual, economic or psychological harm or suffering, including threats of such acts, coercion, or arbitrary deprivations of liberty, perpetrated against a person based on gender differences between males and females, whether in public or private life.

GBV and mental health and the women factor

Gender-based violence (GBV) is widely acknowledged as a public health and human rights issue. It has its roots in gender inequality, social norms that tolerate violence, and gender stereotypes that perpetuate violent cycles with women and girls being affected the most.

The Epidemic Within the Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic brought a lot of activities to a halt as governments worldwide – including Kenya – put measures in place to curb the spread of the virus. Some of the measures included lockdowns as people were encouraged to stay at home when necessary. Employers also started downsizing, sending many employees back home to reduce interactions.

Unpacking sexual and gender-based violence

Sexual and Gender-based violence (SGBV) is violence directed at someone based on their gender or sex and often brings about physical, sexual, and psychological harm. It can constitute any harmful behaviors against family members or partners, including rape, assault, physical abuse or forced prostitution.