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Gender rights defenders decry increased GBV cases in Mombasa

[Haki Africa Deputy director Salma Hemed during International Women's Day. Photo/Pauline Kwamboka]

Gender rights defenders in Mombasa have decried the increased cases of gender based violence in the county.

They said the cases have resurfaced with little being done by authorities to contain them.

Speaking during the International Women’s day in Mombasa on Friday, Haki Africa Deputy Executive director Salma Hemed said more efforts should be initiated in curbing gender and domestic violences in the county.

She said that despite more cases being reported, the authorities have not conclusively solved the cases living the victims traumatized.

Salma who is also Haki Africa’s gender and children rights defender urged police to activate gender desks in every police station in the region so that victims fearlessly report such cases.

“You don’t expect a minor to go and report about rape or any other form of sexual abuse to a harsh Police officer, there must be an informed Police officer to handle such cases,” noted Ms. Hemed.

She said that parents negotiating with perpetrators should also be arrested and jailed.

“There is no consent about sex whatsoever between a minor and elder person, the law should take full apply,” she noted.

Salma also decried the increase of men battering their wives, seriously injuring them and some even killing their innocent wives.

[Women activists during procession to mark the International Women’s Day. Photo/Pauline Kwamboka].

She said such cases have been reported in Kisauni, Likoni and Changamwe, the recent one being last week’s incident where a man stabbed his wife to death and later hanged himself at Chaani in Changamwe.

She said there is need for spiritual guidance and exchange forums among communities so that such inhumane and disturbing acts can be contained.

She however urged women to take lead role in fighting gender based violence and always stand up for their rights.

She said there are many laws that would bring change in the society on matters revolving around gender based violence and that women should use such laws in ending gender based violences at the Coast.