Government Initiates Plan to Combat Gender-Based Violence with 20 Safe Houses Nationwide by Year 2027

Written by on 7 February 2024

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 7- The government has unveiled plans to construct 20 safe houses aimed at combating sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) across the country.

These safe havens, strategically located throughout the country, will offer protection and support for victims of domestic abuse.

Aisha Jumwa, the Gender and Culture Cabinet Secretary, announced that the government is collaborating with development partners to establish these safe houses by the year 2027.

Currently, there are over 54 safe houses in existence, with 50 of them being privately owned. However, Jumwa highlighted the insufficient number of shelters as a major obstacle in the fight against SGBV.

Jumwa emphasized the government’s commitment to providing a safe and conducive environment for victims to recover and seek justice.

She made these remarks during the inauguration of a child protection unit at the Kasagam police station in Kisumu, stating that such units offer privacy and security for minors.

The primary goal of these units is to offer support and protection to survivors, removing them from harmful environments and away from perpetrators.

Jumwa revealed that 50 percent of affirmative funds are allocated for the construction of SGBV centers to aid survivors.

Highlighting the distressing trend of children being abused by relatives, Jumwa stressed the need for concerted efforts to eradicate this vice.

She commended Kisumu woman representative Ruth Odinga for her role in establishing the child protection unit.

Jumwa cited a decline in SGBV cases among children, referencing the latest statistics from the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey of 2022, which indicated a decrease to 15 percent.

She affirmed the ministry’s dedication to collaborating with other state agencies to reduce this percentage to zero by 2030.

Additionally, Jumwa inaugurated another child protection unit at the Ahero police station and a market in the Ombeyi ward of Muhoroni sub-county.

These initiatives underscore the government’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable populations and addressing the scourge of SGBV in the country.

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