November 14, 2016 | By David |
Gender based violence (GBV) includes acts that inflict physical, psychological or sexual harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion and other deprivation of liberty on someone based on their gender. Gender based violence most disproportionately affects girls and women, but boys and men can also be victims.
Today, gender based violence is much more internationally recognized and has been integrated into general human rights treaties. This is a positive step towards change.
However, there is still much work to be done.
According to the 2014 Kenya Demographic Health Survey, research found that nearly half of the female population, 45% have experienced physical violence since age 15. Additionally, 40% of women between the ages of 15-49 that had been married at least once, suffered either physical or sexual violence at the hands of their partner or spouse. And, keep in mind, many acts of GBV are not reported.
These high percentages of gender based violence are unacceptable.
WE International works everyday to help victims of GBV, while also striving to prevent GBV from happening. WE empowers women and girls who have been victims of GBV through restorative therapy programs that focuses on emotional, spiritual and personal healing. WE knows that those who have faced GBV will need help reintegrating to society. WE works to help make this transition smoother and as comfortable as possible.
To learn about how WE is helping women at risk or to donate to WE’s Restoration House, click here.