Public service, youth and gender CAS Rachel Shebesh has confirmed rays of hope for residents in Kisii county after unveiling a rescue center for gender base violence victims. According to statistics on the ministry’s data base, Kisii County is leading in the number of reported cases of gender based violence by 23% far beyond the projected upper limit national preference of 17%.
Shebesh who was accompanied by the Kisii county women representative Janet Ong’era and other senior officials from the national government confirmed that the project is 80% complete and is likely to be fully operational in three months’ time.
Shebesh, who spoke on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, thanked the Kisii county women representative Hon. Janet Ong’era for money well spent and a project well managed though was shocked to the fact that despite Kisii county leading in counties with most reported cases of Gender Based Violence during the period of Covid-19, No justice has been served to a few who have already been rescued.
“Kisii County recorded high numbers of GBV during the period of covid-19 and it is to my utter shock that despite having evidence to even those whom have been rescued, no justice has been served.”
Her sentiments were amplified by Vihiga women representative Beatrice Odagala who said that, “we should love one another, violence is not an option!” and that, “time has come for us to shun and do away with Gender Based Violence.
According to kisii county women representative Janet Ong’era, “This is a product of national government affirmative action that is meant to help victims of Gender Based Violence. The government should take this as a fight.”