GOVERNMENT URGED TO BUILD SAFE HOUSES FOR TEEN MOMS
An organization in Kibra slums has urged the government to build enough safe houses for young girls who are victims for Gender Based Violence.
Youth Changers Kenya, says a safe house specifically designed for teens will give the young girls a safe space to also address problems that are specific to them.
Josephine Achieng Odhiambo of Youth Changers Kenya spoke as the organization in partnership with Nivishe Foundation held a forum with teen mothers in Karanja Kibra.
“Im calling on the national government to establish safe houses for survivors of sexual violence and ensure that they have interventions that gear toward sexual violence on women and girls from a community level to ensure that all women understand how to deal with sexual violence,” Achieng told Ghetto Radio.
During the forum the 28 teen mothers were sensitized on Sexual Reproductive Health matters and how to protect themselves from GBV.
Young Changers Kenya also taught them how to protect their little children from sexual abusive by would be partners and strangers.
“I could not distinguish between rape and defilement but today I have learned that defilement is someone having sex with an under age child while rape is force sex to a person 18 years and above. I’m still inviting Youth changers to come and teach us more,” said Mary Akoko, a teen mother who attended the event.
By Jeremick Joe