On 19th November 2017, Kituo held the annual candle light memorial dinner with SGBV survivors at the Panafric Hotel in Nairobi. The year’s theme was ‘Amani Haki na Maridhiano’ (Peace Justice and Reconciliation).
The classy evening event brought together members of the civil society, Members of Parliament, Members of County Assemblies, gender champions, community members and government officials.
This was the center-piece event of the 16 Days of Activism campaign on sexual gender based violence against women and girls. In honor of the lives lost to gender based violence in Kenya, participants lit candles with different speakers giving messages of hope to the survivors as well strategies that need to be put in place to curb SGBV and programs to be implemented to empower survivors. Kituo’s Executive Director Ms. Gertrude Angote in her speech called upon the government to take stern action against the perpetrators of sexual violence and to put measures to ensure that violation against human rights are not repeated. She added that the government needs to set up more gender based recovery centers that will host the victims and offer psychological support to the survivors.
Ms. Jacqueline Mutere, a survivor and founder of Grace Agenda; an SGBV advocacy organization and partner of Kituo urged Kenya’s women representatives to appreciate and show their immense support to SGBV survivors especially girls by using the affirmative action funds to help the girls complete their studies.
Mr. Ken Obuya, MCA Imara Daima ward-Nairobi, recognized the importance of women in society and promised to push, in the next assembly, for the County Government of Nairobi to put up a rehabilitation center for the victims’ developments and welfare.Speaking during the event, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) Commissioner, Ms. Jedidah Wakonyo Waruihu who was the key note speaker called upon the government to declare SGBV a national disaster as it has formed a repeated culture of impunity contrary to what the law. “SGBV has become dominant and deprives us of our rights.It is a power dominance tool. KNCHR strives to maintain a culture of human rights” added Ms. Wakonyo.