Men at the Coast have been challenged to take the lead role in fighting gender based violence in the region.
They have been further urged to join the ongoing campaign against gender based violence in the Coastal region.
Haki Africa Deputy Executive Director Salma Hemed said men are very critical in taming violence against women and children.
According to Ms Hemed, men have been accused of sexually and physically abusing women and children and by joining the fight, they will change the situation.
“The fight should not be left for only gender and children rights activists, all people should participate,” she said.
Ms Hemed reiterated that the region is currently experiencing an increase in gender based violence cases a situation that should trigger urgent actions.
“At our Haki Africa gender desk, we record at least 3 to 4 cases in a single week, that’s enough indication the state of GBV in the region has worsen,” noted Hemed.
The Coast based gender and child rights defender said communal approach in handling the social problem is vital.
She said though most awareness programs on GBV have been halted by the Covid-19 pandemic, she urged gender activist to come out and strategise on how such programs can continue.
The activist said since none knows when the pandemic will end, anti GBV campaigns should not be completely shut.
She however commended Mombasa county government and other stakeholders on the recent move where the county gender department launched direct contacts to enable locals report any form of gender based violence cases within the county.
She said the move will enable victims get urgent help and counseling despite most GBC treatment and counseling centres having been closed following the Coronavirus pandemic.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported an influx of GBV cases worldwide after the outbreak of Coronavirus.