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Study on Gender Based Violence against Women and Girls with Disabilities in Kenya

By: Colette Ajwang’ Aloo

Disability is an important development issue, with an increasing body of evidence showing that persons with disabilities experience worse socioeconomic outcomes and poverty than persons without disabilities. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than a billion people are estimated to live with some form of disability, or about 15% of the world’s population (based on 2010 global population estimates).

In Kenya, 4.6% people have some form of disability with no significant difference between rural and urban prevalence or between male and female. The most prevalent forms of disability are visual (30%); physical (30%); hearing (12%) and mental (11%). The survey also revealed that most disabilities in Kenya are caused by diseases (19%); congenital disorders (14%); and accidents (12%)

This study was commissioned by Women Challenged to Challenge with the following objectives:

  1. Document all or the major forms of gender-based violence against W/GwDs in Kenya
  2. Establish the magnitude of sexual violence among W/GwDs in general and among girls and women with intellectual disability specifically in the ten counties to assist in the design of mitigating mechanisms. This will include obtaining real life experiences of W/GwDs themselves and from their families
  3. Identify gaps and challenges experienced in accessing justice and opportunities for legal redress by W/GwDs and/or their guardians
  4. Based on the findings of the study, suggest strategies for strengthening the capacity of law enforcement agencies and legal institutions in the country to handle cases of abused W/GwDs
  5. During the study, help in identifying community champions for change to support the reduction/elimination of gender-based violence against W/GwDs

 

 

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Uploaded on: Jun 15, 2015
Last Updated: Dec 04, 2015
Year Published: 2014
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