Reducing Vulnerability to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Kenya

While much national and international attention has focused on the rise in post-electoral violence in Kenya since the 1990s, the fact that a considerable part of that violence was gender and sexual in nature has gone largely unnoticed. The Nairobi Women's Hospital Gender Violence Recovery Center reports that between late December 2007 and the end of February 2008 it treated 443 survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Of those cases, 80% were rapes, 9% physical assaults, 7% domestic violence, and 4% indecent assaults. Alarmingly, gang rape constituted about 90% of the rape cases. Many fear that similar post-election violence may occur when Kenya holds its next presidential elections between the end of 2012 and early 2013.

This study explores strategies that will reduce the vulnerability of women to SGBV during future political transitions in Kenya. Working principally with women's organizations as well as youth organizations that have been working with victims of SGBV, researchers will collect data that will be used to advocate for reform. The research findings will be used to strengthen linkages between Kenya's national policy framework and local interventions to help prevent and mitigate SGBV during political transitions. The project will also build capacity among civil society and community organizations to help survivors cope, and to better document cases in order to reduce impunity in the post-violence period.

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Start Date

Thursday, November 8, 2012

End Date

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


24 months

IDRC Officer

Karuru, Njeri

Total funding

CA$ 439,400


Kenya, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Mr. Masheti Masinjila


Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development

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