Kibera Girls Receive Sexual Violence Prevention Training
As the world celebrates International Day of the Girl Child this month, over 100 girls in Kibera have received self-defense training to protect themselves from sexual harassment and abuse.
The training was provided by Freely in Hope in collaboration with Ujamaa Africa, with funding from Impact Beyond Borders.
The move comes as crime against women in Kibera continues to rise, with rape and molestation cases on the rise.
Trizah Gakwa, Strategic Growth Director at Freely in Hope, claims that self-defense training can reduce rape incidents by 47 percent.
“ This training will empower women and girls to use their voices, and increase their body confidence as they use these powerful tools to keep themselves safe from sexual and physical abuse,” she said.
The one-day intensive course teaches girls various self-defense techniques. It is intended to assist women in identifying their risks, assessing their strengths, and exploring their options for dealing with the threat of sexual violence through verbal and physical strategies.
Girls learned how to verbally respond to potential sexual threats, strike vulnerable areas, escape chokeholds and body grabs, and execute defense techniques by the end of the program.
“Teaching self-defense will equip women with the tools to identify and prevent violence from occurring to themselves and others, actively promoting peace one woman at a time,” said Chiraphone Khamphouvong, Founder and Visionary Developer, Impact Beyond Borders.
Kibera, located in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, is Africa’s largest slum. Kibera is home to approximately 250,000 Kenyans, and living conditions are deplorable.
A 12 by 12 foot shack that usually houses up to 8 people is the most common living arrangement. Women in Kibera face additional challenges due to the country’s ongoing problem with sexual violence and abuse.
According to a University of Nairobi study, 56% of 13 to 18-year-olds in Kibera have been sexually abused. Furthermore, only 12% of sexual abuse victims reported their abuse, according to this study.
“Perpetrators are people close to them, the uncle’s, neighbours, dads, this is why they fear speaking out. Over 90 percent of the girls believe that it’s a man’s right to have sex with a woman, and this is why this kind of training is important to show them why it’s important to report these cases,” said Nahima Abdullahi, Ujamaa Africa’s Nairobi County Programme Coordinator.
According to a UNICEF report, one out of every ten girls in the world is raped or sexually assaulted before the age of 19. Freely in Hope, Ujamaa Africa, and Impact Beyond Borders are among the organizations working tirelessly to change this statistic.
A secondary school teacher was arrested by police in Ekerenyo, Nyamira County, after being caught in his bedroom with a Form Two student from his school.
A mother is said to have told police that her 15-year-old daughter had been having an affair with Wesley Angika Asira, 28.
Teacher Caught In Bed With Form Two Girl
Ekerenyo police officers began following the student and eventually cornered her at the home of the mathematics and physics teachers, which is close to the school.
According to the police report, the two were discovered naked.
Before being arrested, the two were taken to Ekerenyo Sub-County Hospital for medical tests.
The teacher was charged on Monday, according to Nyamira North sub-county Police Commander Patrick Ngeiywa.
“He pleaded not guilty and was given a bond of Sh300,000 or a surety of the [same] amount,” Mr Ngeiywa said by phone.
The Saturday incident occurred just over a week after another teacher at a girls’ boarding primary school in the same county was accused of defiling a student.
The school’s deputy headteacher, Jared Masese, was charged in a Keroka court for allegedly defiling a Standard Seven girl in his office in the evening while other students were at assembly. A female teacher apprehended him.
Some parents have threatened to withdraw their children from school.
Teenage pregnancies, FGM, and poverty, are among the difficulties girls face.
Elsewhere, Leaders in Garissa have urged organizations to work together to meet the needs of girls and empower them to reach their full potential.
Teenage pregnancies, female genital mutilation, and poverty, according to activist Maka Kassim, were among the difficulties the girls faced.
Speaking at NEP Girls High School on Wednesday, Kassim urged well-wishers to help the girls by teaching them how to deal with the difficulties they were facing.
Fatuma Bathi, an activist, stated that society cannot stand by and watch young girls become pregnant because their lives will be disrupted if action is not taken.
“Let’s look after all our girls’ needs and challenges and face them head-on so that they can maximise their potential,” Bathi said.
She called for increased efforts to combat FGM, terrorism, and drug abuse among youth.
According to Ahmed Abdi, Garissa county gender director, the Bible and Quran both condemn FGM and other forms of violence against women.
He urged political leaders to join in the fight for the rights of girls and to advocate for equal access to education.
He urged the girls to report any suspected cases of sexual harassment, violence, or discrimination.
Aisha Omar, a student at Nep Girls High School, believes that girls should be given their rights and educated on how to resist sexual advances that lead to early pregnancies and other immoralities.
Saadia Ali, a student, urged parents and guardians to remain actively involved in their children’s lives, mentoring and guiding them.
“Mentorship works when you have parents or guardians and teachers who are committed to ensuring that you succeed,” she said.
“Most important is self-discipline, focus and hard work. This is the way to go. Pushing yourself to the limit ultimately pays off.”