120 KCPE, KCSE Candidates in Narok Are Pregnant.
According to Narok County Commissioner Isaac Masinde, over 120 girls who will take national exams this year are pregnant.
Masinde stated that the ongoing rise in adolescent pregnancies in the county was alarming, and he urged all stakeholders to be vigilant in identifying the men responsible for the pregnancies.
The commissioner disclosed that 72 defilement cases are pending in the court of law and that his office will continue to collaborate with the judiciary to ensure that those responsible for defilement are severely punished.
“Any person responsible for girl pregnancy should be punished severely regardless of their status in society.
“We call upon the residents to report to my office any suspect of defilement so that the police can carry out investigations and arrest the perpetrators,” he said.
Governor Patrick Ntutu, Senator Ledama Ole Kina, and the elected members of parliament in the county were in attendance at a conference of education stakeholders held in Narok town, where Masinde addressed them.
Commissioner Masinde, however, stated that the prevalence of adolescent pregnancy in the county has decreased from forty percent to less than thirty percent over the last five years, praising the stakeholders for organizing successful community sensitization forums.
“We have made tremendous steps in the fight to end teenage pregnancies, however, we are not yet where we want to be. We want to completely eliminate incidents of teenage pregnancies in our county,” he said.
It is claimed that Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which is prevalent in the county, contributes to teen pregnancy because girls who undergo the procedure at puberty feel like women.
The 2014 Kenya Demographic Health Survey (KDHS) identified Narok County as having the highest teen pregnancy rate at 40 percent.
As Kenya joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day of Nonviolence, a new study reveals that defilement continues to be the most frequently reported form of sexual and gender-based violence in certain regions of Kenya.
Between January and December 2021, the Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development (CCGD) recorded 321 occurrences of SGBV in Kwale, Busia, and Kajiado counties.
There were 182 incidents of defilement, 100 of assault, 15 of rape, 14 of sodomy, 4 of emotional violence, and 2 of intimate relationship violence.
Children are the most susceptible to SGBV due to their inability to protect themselves against perpetrators or their ability to be readily enticed by them.
Calvin Chepsiror, data analyst and programme assistant for CCGD, remarked that during school closure, instances of SGBV surged, as observed in April and September, when 15 and 67 cases were documented, respectively.
CCGD developed Gender-Based Violence Recovery Centres in Busia County Referral Hospital, Kajiado County Referral Hospital, and Msambweni Level 5 Hospital in response to the increase in SGBV during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Chepsiror stated that 252 of the 321 cases were reported in Busia county, 61 in Kwale county, and 8 in Kajiado county.
He added that several circumstances, such as the centres not being built at the same time, contribute to data variation.
The variance, particularly in Kajiado county, was due to the fact that the center opened in November. Therefore, just two months of data were collected.
According to the data, 87.54 percent of the cases of GBV included women and girls, while just 12.46 percent involved men.
During times of displacement, crisis, and pandemic, the vulnerability of women increases.
Women and girls frequently report their instances, whereas men typically avoid doing so according to Chepsiror.
By providing institutional support to county referral hospitals, the Centre for Gender and Development, aided by the Mastercard Foundation, bolstered its support and services for survivors of SGBV.
It offers a toll-free number, 1195, where people can report incidents. Moreover, it provides assistance through county government — police stations and safe shelters in Busia, Kajiado, and Kwale counties, he explained.
The recovery centres are safe areas where survivors can get assistance, such as medical care and psychosocial support, and are linked to referral procedures when they report.
In addition, some survivors receive an in-kind stipend that assists them in rebuilding their lives and accessing referral resources.