A study released recently indicate that more and more families are getting embroiled in family violence, with women suffering the brunt of the violence.
"A worrying trend has been noticed among urban families, with an estimated 3 out of every 10 families reporting some form of abuse," says Dr. Elizabeth Kurui, a general practitioner at the Moi Teaching & Referral Hospital, Eldoret. "Most of the abuse is strongly tied to sexual issues, with an increasing number of young women reporting being raped and molested."
The local media has been awash with reports of violence among married couples, with the police spokesman admitting that 24% more P3 forms have been filled between January-Mach this year compared to last year.
GEMINI's efforts to increase awareness on gender-based violence continue to win support from grassroots stakeholders. "We believe a change of attitude, direct dialogue and political goodwill will help end the violence," says Mwalimu Anching'a, a retired teacher and GEMINI program coordinator.
The first quarter of the year saw us distribute over 300 handbills on violence, conduct 2 musical outreaches that encouraged open communication and facilitated counseling to 14 families affected by family violence.
We still hope to conduct more general awareness, involve the media and encourage public discussion on the issue. As usual, we welcome any kind of support from all our friends. Your input-feedback, ideas, criticism-are gladly welcome.
Again, thanks so much for your continued support and we hope you will spare a moment and support us in our efforts to keep families united.
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