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Defence of police rapists by Nyanza PC should be taken as a serious violation of The rights of Women in society.

Kenya rights groups on Tuesday reacted angrily to remarks attributed to Nyanza provincial commissioner that seem to justify rape of women by policemen Led by executive director of the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness, Ms Anne Njogu, the activists called for the resignation of PC Paul Olando for allegedly defending rapists in the police. He is said to have made the remarks during his Madaraka Day address in Kisumu. Mr Olando was on Tuesday quoted in a section of the press arguing that male police officers stayed away from their spouses for long and were, therefore, likely to rape. He also appeared to say the rape of one woman by a policeman is better than leaving residents at the mercy of criminal gangs. The women activists accused him of irresponsibly fuelling gender-based violence in the country. “The remarks were outrageous and amounted to justifying the violation of women’s rights. The least the PC could do is to apologise and resign from his post,” said Ms Njogu. The women, who spoke ahead of a three-day gender festival that starts on Wednesday at the Railways Club, Nairobi, feared that the veiled defence of police rapists amounted to an official expression of unwillingness to end gender-based violence.


WE CAN END ALL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

 

 

These are testimonies of victims of Rape.

When gathering this information,tears came off my eyes,and i believe i haven't shed a tear for nothing,i must help the world understand how our sisters and mothers suffer.

WE MUST STOP RAPE NOW.

 

The truth about rape in conflict

 

AFRICA.

Congo


"We Congolese women, we are doing what we can to help each other.Women here have long felt neglected-but we hope this feeling will one day be over."
(Testimony of a Congolese woman)


-- Stephanie Hanes, "Life After Rape in Congo", Christian Science Monitor, April 25, 2007
"I was raped by them in front of my husband. They held him down while they did it. I was released afterwards because my husband and children pleaded with them, and cried saying "They will kill maman." I was raped by more than three men. I cannot remember the exact number because I lost consciousness. Afterwards a neighbor helped me, because I was bleeding. She boiled water and some herbs for me."
(Human Rights Watch interview, Bukavu, October 16, 2003)



-- Human Rights Watch "Seeking Justice: The Prosecution of Sexual Violence in the Congo War" Vol. 17, No. 1(A) (2005)
"I was raped by seven child combatants, who were aged between fifteen and sixteen years old, on the way to Kailahun. I was raped in my vagina and anally. Other rebels and also civilians saw me being raped but the civilians were too afraid to protect me...Since my rape, I have only experienced irregular periods and belly is always swollen like I am pregnant."
(Human Rights Watch interview, Lebanese Camp, March 2, 2002.)


-- Human Rights Watch, 'We'll Kill You If you Cry' Sexual Violence in the Sierra Leone Conflict. Vol. 15, No.1 (A) (January 2003 )
"We were hiding in the mosque when two rebels dressed in civilian [clothing] entered. It was dark but they shone their flashlights looking for girls and said, 'We are coming for young girls.for virgins, even if they tie their heads like old grandmothers, we will find them.' They also said that if the people did not hand over the young girls, they would open fire on all of us."
(Human Rights Watch interview, Freetown, May 1, 1999.)



-- Human Rights Watch, 'We'll Kill You If you Cry' Sexual Violence in the Sierra Leone Conflict. Vol. 15, No.1 (A) (January 2003 )
"After raping her they killed her by shooting into her vagina. No action was taken."


-- The Karen Women's Organisation (KWO), "State of Terror: the ongoing rape, murder, torture and forced labour suffered by women living under the Burmese Military Regime in Karen State (February 2007)
"We heard the Janjawid decide to open fire on the mosque and so we decided to run out. They captured the women.The men were holding their throats and sitting on their bodies so they could not move, and they took off their clothes and then used them as women. More than one man would use one woman. I could hear the women crying for help, but there was no one to help them."
(A woman speaking to Amnesty International about an attack on Djorlo, Chad, on 7 November 2006).



-- Amnesty Interational, 'No one to help them' Rape extends from Darfur into eastern Chad," AI Index: AFR 54/087/2006, (7 December 2006)
"A stick was pushed into the private parts of an 18-year-old pregnant girl and it appeared through [the abdomen]. She was torn apart.They [army-backed paramilitaries] stripped the women and made them dance in front of their husbands. Several were raped. You could hear the screams coming from a ranch near El Salado."
(Testimony from a displaced person interviewed by Amnesty International on 21 November 2003.)


-- Amnesty International, "Colombia: Scarred bodies, hidden crimes: Sexual Violence against women in the armed conflict" , AI Index: AMR 23/040/2004 (13 October 2004)
"We Congolese women, we are doing what we can to help each other.Women here have long felt neglected-but we hope this feeling will one day be over."
(Testimony of a Congolese woman)


-- Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, "Iraqi Refugees in Jordan: Desparate and Alone" (July 2007)
"At the beginning of our work with women war survivors we felt fear and anger, pain and helplessness, but we made a decision to work on changing the conditions of our lives and the lives of women around us. It was a personal and political decision of feminists to oppose male violence against women, which included nationalist hatred, ethnic cleansing, mass rapes in war, prostitution for the soldiers, 4 million refugees, half a million dead and many injured. We decided to transform anger into action and in the last few years we organized initiatives for women."


-- Autonomous Women's Center Against Sexual Violence, Belgrade, 1995
"After my relative declined to give me a job at his shop, I went to a labour market where two men hired me for construction work for 50 Afghani (US $1) a day. They took me into an empty house where they both forcefully had sex with me."
(statement of 12-year-old boy)


-- IRIN, "Afghanistan: War, Poverty, and Ignorance fuel sexual abuse of children" (02 June 2007)
"My daughter and I were kidnapped while we were shopping. We stayed there for 19 days.I was nine months pregnant at the time.We were tortured very much.They raped me. I had just one week to deliver the baby.but she was dead inside me."
(testimony of Iraqi Refugee Mother, Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children: Iraqi Refugees in Jordan: Desperate and Alone")


-- Stephanie Hanes, "Life After Rape in Congo", Christian Science Monitor, April 25, 2007
"A woman would never go to report a rape to the HNP [Haitian National Police]," said a Haitian woman, "she is likely to be raped by them again."
-- Refugees International "RI Bulletin: Haiti: UN Civilian Police Require Executive Authority" (March 14, 2005)


WE MUST STOP RAPE NOW.

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Last Updated (Thursday, 02 September 2010 10:01)

 

Other cases of Violence Against women

Girl bleeds to death after undergoing
FGM A woman was yesterday arrested after her seven-year-old daughter bled to death after female circumcision.
It is female circumcision season in Wajir District, despite concerted efforts to discourage the practice.
"She was brought to the hospital more than 24 hours after circumcision. By then it was too late to save her life," said Mrs Ardo Mohammed, a nurse.
She said the girl underwent infibulation, the worst form of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) common in North Eastern Province.
Police intercepted family members planning to bury the girl. An elderly circumciser was also arrested after a brief search.
Deputy OCPD Job Lesinayu said they would be charged with murder.
But relatives want the two released, arguing the death was pre-ordained.
Ritual’s defence
"No parent would want to see her child die. At least the police should allow her to mourn her daughter," a former councillor, Mr Kunow Ibrahim, said.
It has also emerged that the child was among three girls cut by the circumciser.
And the tragedy has not dampened the cultural mood with scores of other girls facing the knife.
Elsewhere, an estimated 85 per cent of the more than 100 girls who underwent the rite in December, last year in Kuria District have dropped out of school and forced into marriages.
Local anti-FGM campaigners, led by Maendeleo Ya Wanawake branch chairperson Beatrice Robi, yesterday criticised parents for allowing their daughters to be married early.
Outdated practice
Speaking during the burial of Elkana Tolo, father of The Standard Senior Online Editor, Dan Okoth in Rongo, Ms Robi attributed early marriages to poverty and outdated cultural practices.
Tolo, a pioneer teacher and church leader, died early this month, after an illness and was buried at his Kodero Bara home.
Robi said the drop-out rate was alarming and would affect the education of girls in the region.
"We have carried out a survey and found that 85 per cent of the girls have been married off. This is wrong," she said.
She also told The Standard they had compiled a list of the affected girls, and would hold a workshop to sensitise parents against the rite.

WE CAN END ALL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

 

 

This statement by TABITHA NJOROGE is an example of how our sisters are suffering..

Please read as she explains Sharon Chepkirui's Odeal.


"On Saturday the 23rd of this month as l read Saturday Nation newspaper, l came across a story done by Kwamchetsi about a lady whose nose and ears were chopped by her husband after a domestic quarrel. I was very disheartened and disturbed and was compiled to find out the details of the story and the state of that lady.
I went to COVAW on Monday and spoke to one of the officers there by the name of Carol Waiganjo who gave me the shocking details of the battered lady.
Sharon Chepkiru i(20yrs old) was brought to Nairobi 3 weeks ago from Kericho to Nereo Chepkorir to work for her as a househelp. Nereo was shocked to see the state that Sharon was in and kept her in her house until last week when she took her to COVAW to seek any assistance for Sharon, since she is in bad health and can’t even work and has nowhere else to go.
From Carol’s interview with both Sharon and Nereo, Carol was able to establish that Sharon was battered by her husband in March last year. She was taken to Kericho general hospital by good Samaritans where they only gave her fast aid, the wounds have since healed, though she looks terrible and needs reconstructive surgery that will cost Ksh: 200,000 at Kenyatta hospital. She has lost her self esteem because she ties a head scarf quite low near her nose to hide the scars and she keeps looking down as she doesn’t want people looking at her, she doesn’t speak much as it was Nereo who was speaking for her. All she had to say to Carol was “Hi mambo tumezoea na ni kawaida” which means she as reconciled to domestic sexual violence and accepts it as normal. One question am left wondering is could it be that domestic violence in Kericho is more rampant? Sharon’s husband was arrested then and has since been released and he is a free man, probably now married to another woman who he is likely to assault or is already assaulting.
Carol could only give me Nereo’s cell number to try reach Sharon, l have tried calling that number continuously but it’s off since yesterday. I will keep calling it till l find them and l also left my contact at COVAW just incase Nereo and Sharon shows up again.
I will keep you all update on this case because l must see and find ways of helping Sharon. She also needs counseling. Anybody in this forum who can offer Sharon counseling services?
I will also pick up Sharon’s husband case with FIDA to follow-up. Justice must prevail."

Last Updated (Thursday, 02 September 2010 10:00)

 
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