Kituo started the celebration of this year’s International Human Rights day at Whynot Academy in Mathare, Nairobi County. The celebration headed to Mathare because we wanted to do something special for the kids whose parents are survivors of rape from the post-election violence in 2007/2008. The kids and mothers have faced and continue to suffer challenges and many obstacles in their everyday lives. Kituo specifically wanted to give these lovely people a day of laughter, dance and fun games.
After the games, celebrations and fun activities in Mathare Kituo hosted a dinner for survivors from the post-election violence of 2007/2008.
The dinner was hosted at the Best Western Hotel, Nairobi and was led by Executive Director Gertrude N Angote with the theme “Still Standing” to celebrate survivors of sexual violence of the 07/08 PEV who have been through a lot yet they remain ‘Still Standing’. This dinner attended by survivors, communities, civil society and Members of Parliament also served to mark the end of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence
Kituo also premiered the documentary “Take a Stand” and an animation “Let´s set the record straight” both of which aim to spread awareness on sexual gender based violence beyond the 16 days of activism.
As we leave the 16 days of activism behind, let us all remember that the work against gender-based violence have to continue every day. It is something that affects all of us, therefore we shall work against it to our fullest ability both together and individually. If someone in your community is a SGBV victim, encourage them to report because it is wrong. When you hear persons excusing rape because the victim was wearing tight and revealing clothes, question them and prove them wrong. Lastly, continue to widen your knowledge and spread awareness, it is through that we will fight against gender based violence.
We at Kituo take a stand against sexual gender based violence not only 16 days but 365 days a year, are you with us?