Mombasa County government head of various departments will take the lead in the fight against gender based violence at the work place.
The head of departments will be expected to be the GBV champions mandated to destabilize the vice in a bid to ensure Mombasa county staff embraces dignity among its workers.
Speaking in Mombasa during the ongoing forums in marking the 16 days of activism, Mombasa County Gender director Esther Ingolo said that the head of departments will be required to use the already existing policies in ensuring they stop gender based violence.
According to Ms Ingolo, the county gender department has taken the lead role in protecting its staff against gender based violence and is instilling the same zeal to all the county departments.
“Staying numb on this issue is very detrimental we have to open up so that county staffs and Mombasa residents at large gain the courage to join in the fight against GBV,” she said.
She said the department is sourcing for more support from other stakeholders so that the fight against GBV not only at the work place but in the whole county becomes continuous process.
“We fully recognize our close partners ActionAid, Coast Women in Development, Women in Leadership Network, Pwani Gender Based Violence Network and the Australian High Commission among many others for their support for this noble initiative,” noted Ms Ingolo.
She said that the efforts will venture more into creating awareness, educating the head of department and county staffs on the relevant available laws to be applied in case such scenarios occur, and to dispel fear of opening up among county staffs.