Bangladesh slum dwellers in Mombasa are calling on human rights defenders intervention to tame increased rape cases in the area.
Locals say Bangladesh area within Jomvu constituency is experiencing increased rape and defilement cases without the victim’s knowledge of where to seek justice.
The residents led by a Women activist Pauline Auma said locals and mostly women are subjected to all forms of violence without any help from authorities.
Auma appealed to Haki Africa Human rights organisation to implement anti-gender based violence awareness programs so that women are in a position to fight for their rights.
“We are subjected to all forms of violence the move taken by human rights defenders to join us during the International day of Human rights is a step to the right direction,” revealed Ms Auma.
Addressing locals at Bangladesh grounds on Tuesday, Haki Africa Deputy Executive Director Salma Hemed admitted that cases of rape and defilement are on the rise in the area.
She said the organisation is conducting anti- gender based violence campaign in the area to empower locals and especially women on how to fight the vice.
According to Salma if the community is fully empowered and understand where to report such cases sexual and gender based violence will be curtailed.
[Haki Africa Deputy Executive Director Salma Hemed (Right). Photo/Pauline Kwamboka].
“We have joined Bangladesh residents during this important day because we clearly understand the economic hardships and various challenges locals go through,” she added.
Most of the youth in the area are unemployed thus indulging in criminal activities while most men have abandoned their families subjecting women into both physical and psychological abuse.
“Most of these women walk for long distances to such for water, they completely lack such basic commodities thus exposing them to sexual violence,” she added.
On his part, Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta said the defenders have initiated youth engagement programs to encourage youth to embrace self reliance.
He said Bangladesh has for many years experienced insecurity, gender based violence cases among other forms of violence against women and children with the organisation aiming at changing the situation.
“Working with the community will enable locals take the lead role in taming any forms of human rights violations against them,” noted Mr. Shipetta.