Gender inequality and domestic violence still a major threat
By Elkanah Nyauma
Gender equality is not just a human right, but a basic need and a foundation for world peace, prosperity and sustainability.
The world has seen several changes over the last years and a tremendous hope in the recent years: Women recognition and girl child empowerment have taken root in various countries. More girls have had opportunities to go to school while few of them have been forced into early marriage.
We have seen many women start their own companies and many of them women get elected to serve in political positions of leadership. Additionally, laws are being adjusted to support women’s success therefore advancing gender equality.
Despite these developments, women still face challenges. The society still assumes and places the man as the superior one, giving him the social status while social norms and biased laws remain a stumbling block to the woman’s freedom to develop herself and others alike. Women continue suffering, underestimated and underrepresented at all areas of community and political leadership.
Violence is a daily reality for women and girls across Kenya. According to government data, 45 percent of women and girls aged 15 to 49 have experienced physical violence and 14 percent have experienced sexual violence. Many cases are not reported to authorities and few women get justice or receive medical care. (Human Rights Watch).
Opinion: Solutions to gender inequality and domestic violence
The woman should not be seen as a weak vessel and so should be treated with respect
Women and girls should be involved in planning and decision-making in various levels of society and government.
The governments and people in general should appreciate and practise equal sharing of care work.
Research and data analysis should include gender perspectives and strategies to improve the women’s participation in development.
Strict laws to address the issues of gender inequality and violence at home should be set and followed. Those breaking the laws should be punished accordingly.
The government of Kenya should work to establish centres for reporting cases of gender based violence in every constituency.
Media companies should be on the forefront in exposing gender based inequalities and violence and related practices that undermine the quality, values and dignity of women and girls.
Women’s impact on gender-responsive actions is felt across sectors hence the need to recognize the importance of inclusion in the decision-making process and consultations on the role of gender in climate change. (Sharon Kinyanjui: Corporate & Development Communications | Climate Change Advocate)