The prevalence of gender based violence in Kisumu County reveals the need for GBV prevention and intervention programs in the region. According to a 2012 FIDA-K study, the percentage of respondents reporting being aware of the prevalence of wife battery was 89.7%, of rape was 79.5% and of FGM was 17.9%.
Most of these cases occur in the slum areas of Manyatta, Nyalenda and Obunga.
With a proof that a number of girls, children and women are being either sexually or physically abused, there is need for survivors to be supported in terms of access to quality health care, psychosocial support, rescue from perpetrators as well as access to justice.
However, most survivors of Gender based violence not only hail from very poor backgrounds but are also very ignorant on their rights and even the steps to follow when they are abused.
It is in this light that KMET has initiated a freedom house, the only one in Kisumu County where we expect to accommodate GBV survivors as they recover.
The freedom house is expected to offer a soft landing for the girls and women who have been raped, undergone assault in marriage as well as incest cases.
We have been offering psychosocial support for survivors but it is never enough if the survivor is not guaranteed safety during the recovery period.
While in the freedom house, the survivors will be able to access quality health care from our youth friendly clinic, empowered with information on reproductive health and those interested could also join our vocational training for either dressmaking, hairdressing and catering for future economic empowerment.
Above all, they will benefit from free therapeutic sessions from a professional counselor to help them heal from trauma.
Finally, we intend to link the survivors with significant family members in a bid to settle them back in the society once they complete their therapeutic sessions and are free from trauma. They will also be linked up with relevant partners for legal redress so that justice may take its course.