Mombasa opens first-ever county Gender Based Violence rescue center

Mombasa has a total of 5,350 registered cases of physical and emotional violence. [Ali Manzu, Standard]

The county's statistics reveal that there's a total of 5,350 registered cases of physical and emotional violence, and 866 cases of sexual violence have been recorded, with many more going unreported due to stigma and societal pressure.

The Governor expressed his concern that girls and women in Mombasa County continue to face disproportionate vulnerability to sexual abuse.

Nassir went on to raise alarm on the rising cases of GBV, particularly physical and emotional violence, among Mombasa's young boys and men.

"The year 2022-2023 alone saw over 2,000 cases of such abuse among adolescent boys and men; underscoring the urgent need for collective action and awareness," he said.

Also present was County Women Representative Hon. Zamzam Mohamed, Mombasa Presiding Judge Justice Olga Sewe, Mombasa Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku, and Members of the County Assembly Committee on Health and Social Services led by Chairman Bernard Ogutu and area MCA Mwinyi Khamis.