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technology 25 Nov 2019

H.E Ann Kananu signs Sexual Gender Based Violence Bill into Law

By Precious Joely

Acting Nairobi City County Governor H.E Ann Kananu, on 1st November 2021, signed into law the Sexual and Gender-Based Management and Control Bill. The bill seeks to accelerate efforts to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence (GBV) in Nairobi County and ensure that the perpetrators are severely prosecuted. The bill, sponsored by Nominated MCA Wanjiru Kariuki, also aims to establish an interconnected reporting system that guides survivors on where to get assistance.

"The new law is critical for the residents of Nairobi because I have seen a lot of women and girls suffer due to sexual and gender-based violence. I associate myself with the sentiment that it's better to have a divorced daughter than a dead one. This Bill will aid to help our parents and siblings to speak out, " said H.E Kananu. 

Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is a form of brutality that negatively affects women and girls in particular. The Nairobi City County Sexual and Gender-Based Management and Control Bill is headway in preventing SGBV by identifying risks and responding to survivors. The bill focuses on not only bringing the accused person to justice but also alleviating the conditions of the survivor of SGBV. Therefore, the bill proposes that the County Government establish safe houses in at least 17 sub-counties in Nairobi to guarantee the safety of victims while their cases are being prosecuted.

The signing was witnessed by: Nairobi Nominated MCA Wanjiru Kariuki Rachel Shebesh, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender, Nairobi Women Rep Esther Passaris, and Inua Dada Founder Janet Mbugua.

Although the trend in recent years has slightly shifted towards the battering of men, the prevalence of SGBV against women is still alarming, as statistics show that women are at the worst receiving end. It is crucial that other counties follow suit and enact legislation that sees women and children protected from SGBV. 

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