‘Gender-based violence’ and ‘violence against women’ are terms that are often used interchangeably as most gender-based violence is inflicted by men on women and girls.
However, it is important to retain the ‘gender-based’ aspect of the concept as this highlights the fact that violence against women is an expression of power inequalities between women and men.
“Gender-based violence” is understood as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women or men and refers to all acts of gender‐based violence that result in, or are likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering to women/men, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.
As such, the Office of the Gender Secretary (K.U.S.A) led by Doreen Mwenda is (as the poster above says) launching the 16 Days Of Activism Against Gender Based Violence – an international day where the campaign against the gender based violence, racism, sexism, cultures of violence as well as advocate for implementation of human rights obligation such as rights of health and reproductive rights.
“It normally starts from 26th November to 10th December but due to exams we always mark it on 29th in Kenyatta University”
“Yes they are launching it tomorrow. We had few challenges on the dates ‘n stuff but it’s now settled.” added Doreen enthusiastically.
Guest speakers will be:
- Prof Ndungo from gender equity department In K.U
- Kebedech Nigussie from the Human rights.
- Anthony Ndiema of Tukuza show KTN.
It being her first event in office, we can expect an awesome reception tomorrow at the event launch – all are encouraged to join us in marking this day in history tomorrow at 2.00pm at BSSC room 149.