VSO, County Launch the GBV Campaign.

The VSO, Taita Taveta chapter alongside the county government and other regional corporates have today launched the 16days of activism against gender-based violence at Mwatate Governors Ground. This is in the spirit of joining the rest of the world in creating awareness against Gender Based Violence.

Joyce Peshu, the project administrator of the VSO Taita Taveta chapter, talked about the importance of women being empowered since this enables them to stand up for themselves. “The VSO strives towards making sure people have resilient livelihoods and equally impacting the women in our society. By helping women, we empower them to have a voice and power that enables them to stand up for themselves. We hope that in these 16days of activism, they will know their rights and how to act accordingly when any injustice is done towards them.” She said.

The Deputy Governor Hon. Majala Mlagui urged the citizens to be ambassadors in this fight against GBV, to hold each other accountable, and stand together against GBV in both the formal and the informal sector.

Deputy Governor, Hon. Majala Mlagui delivering a speech during the launch

On the 4th of December, they will also hold a baraza at the Dan Mwazo hall that will involve activists, policymakers, GBV survivors, and officials who will create more awareness on GBV to the female gender and give more insight on matters related to GBV.

The 16 days of activism against gender-based violence is an international campaign that takes place yearly around the world. It commences on the 25th of November to 10th December, the Human Rights Day.

Since the onset of the COVID-19, many women have suffered through violence. This campaign aims to show support to all the victims, survivors whilst creating awareness to people about GBV.

The theme for this year’s campaign is to Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect.

The main goal for this campaign is to create awareness so that people can live in a violent free world, come up with policies that will combat gender-based violence, encourage mass mobilization by the community to promote collective responsibility in the fight against GBV, and to encourage the society to acknowledge that VAWG is not a government or a legal systems’ responsibility but a collective societal problem that needs the input of everyone in solving the issue of violence against women and girls.  

A section of the attendees

Additionally, the VSO and their partners will hold barazas, events and virtual seminars, street matching and campaigns both online and offline to ensure that not only the world but also the residents of Taita Taveta county are made aware about this monster that’s not only destroying our women and girls but also claiming their lives.

Join VSO and the rest of the world in educating people, pushing for policies and eliminating gender-based violence. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn about GBV. Join the movement by being part of the campaign. #EndViolenceAgainstWomen.

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