Public Service, Youth and Gender Chief Administrative Secretary Rachel Shebesh has appealed to locals at the Coast region to report all cases of Gender Based Violence- GBV so that mandated authorities can pursue justice for the victims.
Shebesh who has been on a week long your at the Coast to assess the ongoing Government hygiene program dubbed ‘Kazi mtaani’ said the government has recorded a worrying increase of 35 percent of GBV cases during the Covid-19 pandemic period.
According to Shebesh, everyone should take responsibility in combating any form of violence against women and children in the region.
She said despite the region experiencing an increase in GBV cases, locals have remained mum.
“We can’t remain silent as our women and children go through nasty encounters, we must act now,” said Shebesh.
She however blamed the police for harassing victims whenever they visit police stations to report such cases.
“Our police officer are letting us down, they must change and take the lead role in combating this social vice,” she said.
Meanwhile Shebesh has commended Mombasa county government for taking the lead role in implementing various measures to contain Gender Based Violence in the county.
She singled out the GBV reporting center at the Coast General Referral Hospital as a well equipped centre where locals can report any form of violence to facilitate lawful actions.
She also noted the efforts being implemented by the County gender department and other partners in launching the Tononoka situation room where locals can report cases and get urgent assistance.
She challenged Kwale County government and other county governments in the region to implement such measures to tame GBV in the region.