Nakuru County committed to fight VAWG

Nakuru county first lady Elizabeth Kinyanjui pledges support in the fight against Gender Based Violence.
Picture by Jackson Okata
Nakuru county first lady Elizabeth Kinyanjui pledges support in the fight against Gender Based Violence. Picture by Jackson Okata

The county government of Nakuru is committed towards securing the needs and rights of the girl child and women by working with other stakeholders and partners.

According to the county first lady Elizabeth Kinyanjui, the county leadership recognizes that it is essential to invest in supporting the girl child and women in the society as one way of achieving gender equality, sustainable development goals and vision 2030,

Empowering the girl child and women

She said that Nakuru county government through her office has prioritized the need to invest in empowering the girl child and women both academically, socially, politically and economically which she said will go a long way in lifting the economic status of the county.

“The county government of Nakuru realizes the urgent need and importance to invest in our women and girls and we are ready to work with all partners to ensure that the future of our girls is secured and that our women are empowered because as a county we cannot grow economically not unless we empower these women and secure the future of the girl child,” said Kinyanjui.

Keeping the promise initiative

The county first woman said that the county government of Nakuru signed the keeping the promise initiative of the national gender and equality commission with the aim of ending gender based violence as well ensuring that victims and survivors of the vice are not only protected but also given justice and brought back to life.

Gender equality in the county is also essential in ensuring that women and girls get equal rights as those given to men and the boy child. “In this regard she said that the county government of Nakuru is already in the process of formulating a gender policy which will ensure that the rights of women and the girl child are not only protected but also guaranteed.”

“The county government is in the process of formulating a county gender policy which will guarantee women equal rights such as representation as well us protecting them against any form of violence that might target them,” she said

Through the county gender based violence technical working group and the sub county clusters the county government of Nakuru is also working to identify areas prone to gender based violence and violence against girls with the aim putting up measures that could solve the situation.

Gender equality bill

Kinyanjui also cited the county government of Nakuru gender equality, women and girls empowerment bill of 2013 which has gone through the second reading in the county assembly and called upon the legislators to hasten debate on the bill so that it can be signed into law. She said once assented to, the bill  will go a long way in helping to end the rampant cases of gender based violence and violence against girls which have become almost a norm of the day in the county of Nakuru.

Rescue home

On the issue of rescue centers for survivors of gender based violence, the first lady said that County government has already secured and set aside land in Molo for the construction of an ultra modern rescue center for VAWG survivors. She said that once completed the rescue home will provide a safe haven for VAWG survivors who feel insecure returning home or back to the society which violated their rights.

More laws

At the same time she called for the enactment of more strict laws which she says will prevent neglect, abuse and marginalization of girls and women in the society

“The country needs more tough laws that can protect our girls and women against the kind of neglect, abuse and marginalization which we have witnessed over the years and this is where our lawmakers need to come in and do some work” she said