Activists from Kisumu County have urged the Kisumu County Government to allocate some resources to build safe houses for holding Gender Based Violence victims in Kisumu County.
This follows a rise in the number of gender- based violence in Kisumu.
The activists drawn from St. Stephens Cathedral Mothers Union, Soroptimist International Kisumu, Winam Club and Cofas say that the new safe houses will help accommodate GBV victims.
Elizabeth Ondiek a coordinator for Mothers Union says that this year alone they have dealt with over 450 cases of GBV cases.
“We are requesting the government both county and the National government to build safe spaces. We need safe spaces because up to this time we still have girls that are being defiled, women being raped,” says Ondiek.
Mothers union chairlady and Soroptimist President Nancy Nyagaya says that they are in the meantime doing activities that are aimed at reducing GBV cases.
“We are doing sensitization, by organizing workshops. As a church we are creating awareness, touching the hearts of the victims by giving hampers,” says Nancy.
Nyagaya also says that they are going to come up with a program of building a counseling center for GVB victims.
“We have these victims yes, they may be having safe places, but question is are they getting counseling. So as a church and as mothers union, we are going to challenge ourselves that we come up with a counseling centers that can help survivors and also bring them back to the community,” she stated.