A gender officer in Kondele, Kisumu County has raised an alarm over increased rate of Gender Based Violence within the informal settlements in Kisumu County.
Joseph Owuor a gender officer from Kondele Location says that they receive cases of GBV everyday with women being the most victims.
Owuor says that an average of 25 cases are reported to his office weekly excluding the weekends.
“Gender Based Violence is rising as it is even surprising me because everyday many GVB cases are reported to me. In a day I usually handle five cases that is in a week I handle around 25 cases excluding the weekends,” explains Owuor.
He also says that most men who are victims of GBV are suffering silently.
According to Owuor, before the coronavirus pandemic GBV cases reported in his office were only 10 in a week.
“Defilement cases are on the rise. Last week I had around 10 cases, some of them are incest,” added Joseph.
He says that parents are also relaxed and have neglected their responsibilities.
Owuor has urged married couples to find a better way of solving issues other than fighting.