16 DAYS OF ACTIVISMThe campaign was started as one of the approaches to raise awareness about gender based violence as a gross human rights violation. It runs annually from November 25th to 10th December and has links to the International Day against Violence Against Women (25th November) and the International Human Rights Day (10th December). Since 2004 the GBV Prevention Network in partnership with CWID has been organizing and coordinating a regional campaign during the 16 days.Previously, the Network developed a regional theme and created an Action and Advocacy Kit with quality materials for members to generate right based discussions and call on leaders and community members to take action in the prevention of violence against women. In 2016, CWID together with Network members aligned its regional theme to the global theme in order to promote cohesion across the Horn of Africa region and also increase momentum amongst its members. CWID has been working tirelessly to help reduce GBV cases in Kenya by ensuring justice has prevailed always. Through our GBV response program we record GBV cases from the Community and do follow ups of the cases until egalitarianism.
Gender-based violence (GBV) is a major source of preventable mortality and morbidity for women globally .In Kenya, 47% of ever-married women report having ever experienced emotional, physical, and/or sexual violence from their spouse—among the highest rates in the world .Violence towards pregnant women in Kenya is estimated to be 13.5% , a higher prevalence than many conditions routinely screened for during pregnancy . Global research suggests that when pregnant women experience GBV, there is a higher likelihood of miscarriage , premature labor , low birth weight , and infant death . Demographic Health Survey data from Kenya suggests that experiencing lifetime GBV is associated with child stunting and under-2 mortality.
GBV is also a driver of the global HIV epidemic, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where women are disproportionately at risk of both GBV and HIV infection. GBV increases risk of HIV acquisition, and HIV-positive women are more likely to experience GBV than their HIV-negative counterparts. Pregnant women are especially vulnerable to the intersecting risks and adverse outcomes related to HIV infection and GBV. There is evidence that pregnant women have a higher risk of HIV acquisition and transmission than other women.
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