Activists protest over rampant Sexual Gender Based Violence in Mombasa

Activists in Mombasa protesting over increase in Sexual Gender Based Violence./FILE

Mombasa, KENYA: Women activists in Mombasa held peaceful demonstrations from Makande area to Kibarani on Tuesday to condemn the rampant increase of Sexual Gender Based Violence in the county.

This comes as a 23 year old woman was recently gang raped and tied to a railway line early this month by unknown persons.

Chanting songs that are against SGBV with placards over their heads ,the women condemned the menace which they claim is perpetrated  by people who are known in the community.

According to Violet Muthiga, chief executive officer Sauti ya Wanawake Pwani, despite the efforts of civil societies in fighting SGBV in different places in the country, unfortunately, there are people who are still sexually harassing and violating either women or children.

“Rape incidence here in Kibarani have been on the rise and we are tired; this must end immediately and the perpetrators must be punished over these cases. We are urging both national and county government to ensure that we have safe cities that will enable people walk freely and safe from any form of gender based violence.” She said.

Nominated MCA Mary Atieno urged the government to put up strategies that will ensure that people who will be giving evidence of sexual based violence are protected.

“There should be a law which will ensure that people who will be giving evidence on sexual violence are not going to be arrested by any police or stigmatized by the family of perpetrator.” She  said.

The woman who was gang raped and tied to a railway line by unknown persons, is currently nursing injuries at Agha Khan hospital in Mombasa.