According to the Gender Violence Recovery center (GVRC), between 39% and 47% of Kenyan women experience GBV in their lifetime- among the highest rates in the world. In addition to this, GBV towards pregnant women in Kenya is estimated to be 13.5%,17 a higher prevalence than that of many conditions normally screened for during pregnancy (KDHS 07/08). Unlike popular belief that GBV only affects women, men are survivors too with GVRC reported cases rating at 5% boys and 3% men. However, this does not change the fact that the female population is most affected with 56% women and 36% girls.
In addition, the recovery center continues to state that 38% of ever-married women have ever experienced physical violence compared to 9% of ever-married men. 14% of ever-married women have ever experienced sexual violence compared to 4% of ever-married men. 41% of ever-married women have ever experienced physical or sexual violence, while 11% of ever-married men have ever experience either form of violence from a partner. This is according to the KDHS report of 2014.
These statistics are worrying. To address the scourge, sensitization and awareness creation is the first among other steps to ensure eradication. Based on the fact that Gender based violence is a sensitive and highly specialized concept there is need for designing training sessions and programs to provide the information needed for changes both in the practice of individual professionals dealing with survivors of gender based violence as well as institutional changes.
Indepth Research Services has identified this scourge and developed a Training Course on Gender Based Violence that is aimed at building the capacity and commitment of participants to undertake programs targeted at eradicating gender-based violence and to develop a new movement for gender equality.
The overall purpose of the training programme is to increase participant’s knowledge and understanding of the concept of gender, and gender-based violence, sexuality, and rights. It will further take a look at the various forms of gender-based violence and the core principles for a code of conduct, reporting mechanisms and developing a programmatic response.