Facing Violence II
Globally, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is a particularly disconcerting occurrence that affects all populations, with Kenya not being an exception to this form of brutality. It refers to any harmful act that is perpetrated against one person’s will, and that is based on socially ascribed (gender) differences between males and females. It includes acts that inflict physical, mental, or sexual harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion and other deprivations of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life1. In Kenya, SGBV as a complex issue, has its roots in the structural inequalities between men and women, resulting in the persistence of power differentials between the sexes. Gender norms and attitudes that perpetuate women’s subordinate status to men in many Kenyan societies, coupled with a general acceptance of interpersonal violence as a means of resolving conflicts, renders women disproportionately vulnerable to violence from all levels of society.
Facing Violence II: “In my own Words” book tells the stories of those who overcame the most inhumane of acts and from it, got the courage to tell their stories, with the hope that the stories will empower each member of the community to take individual interest and action
The Book can be downloaded below”