End these killings, women demand
SEE ALSO :Families cry out for justiceEmbrace Women Group comprises female leaders and organisations such as UN Women, Equality Now, Creaw, Ngaaf and Black Light, among others. Yesterday’s event was also attended by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi, Public Service Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss George Kinoti. Also in attendance were the wife of opposition leader Raila Odinga, Ida, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, former Gichugu MP Martha Karua, Supreme Court judge Njoki Ndung’u, Woman Representatives Esther Passaris (Nairobi), Rosa Buyu (Kisumu), Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay), Sabina Chege (Murang’a), among other female leaders. At the same time, the event served to provide free counselling offered by the Gender Violence Recovery Centre to attendants who may have encountered trauma as a result of gender-based violence. For some of the women who have lost their daughters to gender-based violence, the event offered them the opportunity to speak to the nation. From Sharon Otieno, murdered last year and her body abandoned in a forest, to Ivy Wangechi, the Moi University medical student killed weeks ago and Hellen Kwamboka, a police officer stationed in Parliament found dead a week ago in her house in Umoja, Nairobi, all the mothers of the victims united to speak out against femicide. Societal problems “I want to speak out so these murders stop. It is so painful to lose a child. My daughter was still very young, she was not even married yet and didn’t have a child. She was the one taking care of me. I don’t know how I will go on but I know God will give me strength,” Ms Elizabeth Moraa, Kwamboka’s mother told The Standard. She said that it was important for the nation and leaders to hear from the mothers and families of the victims. University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Peter Mbithi called for research on societal problems to find their root causes. This, he said, will help bring about reforms and help men and women to co-exist. He said strong women were able to face challenges, noting that the university had produced its first female student leader in a world class institution of higher learning. “She (Ann Mvurya) is our role model,” he said. Mvurya, Sonu chair, said the mistake of the women was to love fellow human beings. “We should forge a working partnership with the men. We need them to work in unity and purpose,” she said. Passaris said the women leaders have had many engagements with the DCI. “We need to address this and get the perpetrators and even get repeat offenders. Forty is a big number. Relationships should not result in death, they should be loving and supportive. Enough is enough, we need justice and we have a lot of work to do,” she said. She said she was hopeful that in June, there will be a meeting with survivors of gender-based violence.
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