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Gender technical working group to steer fight against GBV in Mombasa

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In a bid to make the fight against gender based violence a success, Mombasa county government will constitute a gender technical working group to oversee the process.

The county government will involve various stakeholders in making sure the fight against gender based violence in the county yields positive impact to tame the issue.

Speaking during gender based violence awareness forum in Mombasa on Thursday, Mombasa county Gender director Esther Ingolo said that plans are underway to launch the Gender technical working group early 2019 so that the fight against GBV becomes a continuous exercise in the county.

She said that the county government has prioritized gender issues so as to enable county staff and head of departments to use the already existing policies and laws to tame the problem.

“The gender technical working group will comprise of head of departments, nongovernmental organizations revolving around gender matters among other stakeholders,” she added.

Ingolo revealed that deliberations were already underway to enhance the fight against GBV even after the 16 days of activism period lapses so that the battle is fully accomplished.

“These efforts will not only focus on the county government staffs but also the Mombasa county residents,” she noted.

The Gender director called upon both genders to join in the fight against gender based violence in the county and encourages reporting of incidences related to any forms of GBV at grassroots level.

She also appealed to men to take the lead in the fight against GBV.

She said that violence against women and girls, sexual violence, violence against children among other forms of domestic violence will be discussed at length and amicable solutions attained.

Ms Ingolo appealed to Mombasa county residents and gender and rights defenders to unite with the county gender department so as to delve into quelling Gender based violence in the county.