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Mombasa County government embarks on fighting gender based violence

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[Mombasa County Gender director Esther Ingolo. Photo/Haramo Ali]

Mombasa county government has embarked on fighting gender based violence at work place.

Director Gender in the County department of Youth, Gender, Sports and Cultural affairs Esther Ingolo said that the County is implementing the strategy so as to encourage its staff to fully participate in the efforts in a bid to end gender based violence at work place.

According to Ms Ingolo, 16 days of activism provides for full participation in fighting gender based violence and the County government is at the forefront in taming GBV at work place.

Ingolo said that GBV dialogues at work place were inevitable as they encourage county staff to open up about gender based violence which will push for a better working environment for both gender.

“We are in partnership with Action Aid as we carry on with this year’s theme ‘End gender based violence at the work place,” said Ms Ingolo.

She admitted that gender based violence was not only a women issue but it affects both gender only that  most men don’t speak up for fear of being underrated.

“Gender based violence is not a women issue as purported by many, it cuts across that’s why the gender section is working on a strategy to tame gender based violence at the work place,” she added.

She stressed out on intensive and extensive awareness on GBV issues so that Mombasa county government stands out from the rest as the only county that has embraced the fight against gender based violence at work place.

Ms Ingolo also revealed that the county gender section is working with other stakeholders to extend the awareness campaign to the community in various parts of the county even after the end of the 16 days.