CCF is helping Kenya in the wake of post-election violence by partnering with other humanitarian agencies to conduct a sexual violence assessment in the most affected areas of the country.
Spearheaded by U.N. Population Fund, a team was put together that included CCF’s Gender-Based Violence Consultant, Mendy Marsh. Recently, the team spent three days traveling through Nairobi slums with Rose, a leader from the Nairobi Integrated Program (CCF affiliated organization), ensuring that protection issues for women and children were being addressed.
The women interviewed said that sexual violence is widespread in communities affected by post-election violence and, in some settings, is committed by gangs targeting women and children of particular ethnic groups.
“Sexual violence is being used as a tool to terrorize families and individuals and precipitate their expulsion from the communities in which they live,” Marsh said. One woman told Marsh, “I don’t know how to start life after this.”
Survivors of this type of violence do not have access to the most minimal health and psychosocial support, leaving them vulnerable to negative health outcomes, including HIV/AIDS. Some are too frightened to report threats or incidents of sexual violence to the police.
CCF will continue to ensure that these vulnerable women and children have a voice and that their needs are met.