Wangu Kanja: Sexual violence cases are criminal; they should not be settled out of court.

By Shadrack Andenga Odinga

shadrackandenga@gmail.com

Wangu Kanja Foundation has emphasized that any sexual violence case should not be settled out of court or via ‘Nyumba Kumi’ forums.

Speaking exclusively to Ruben Fm on Friday, the founder Wangu noted the importance of society to be aware of the laws that protect them.

“Any sexual violence case involving a woman, a man or a child should get to court. This is a criminal case that cannot be solved through dispute resolution mechanisms. The chiefs, Nyumba kumi elders, area councils, church elders and community elders should not engage in such talk’s whatsoever. The laws of Kenya are very clear,” said Wangu who added that the Kenyan public should be aware of the laws and avoid being taken advantage of.

Wangu Kanja Foundation’s office at Ruben Centre in Mukuru slums, Nairobi County has seen hundreds of Gender Based Violence cases over the years, and now, the foundation wants society to take more responsibility in reporting those cases.

As a result, the founder has also extended her projects in Korogocho, Gitari Marigo and Mathare slums, areas that are highly affected with GBV cases.

“My lowest moment in my line of work is to see victims of Gender Based Violence cases accept talks outside the court. As society, we are encouraging perpetrators as long as they can bribe us or use community leaders to sweet talk in the name of making peace, but the reality is that we are not advocating for change,” she said.

Wangu Kanja has also stressed the importance of protecting children especially during this Coronavirus pandemic.

She also urged men to beat their egos and come out in case they are abused in one way or another sexually.

Wangu Kanja Foundation, a non-governmental, non-political and not for profit making organization whose vision is a society free of sexual violence is now urging society at large to take responsibility and speak out against gender based Violence cases. 

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