Mogotio-based NGO Dandelion Africa has unveiled a cluster group aimed at helping in the fight against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases and retrogressive cultures in grassroots.
The group will focus on Mogotio and Rongai areas in Baringo and Nakuru counties respectively.
Speaking on Wednesday at Dandelion Health Centre in Sarambei, Mogotio sub-county during the commissioning of the GBV cluster after entering MoU with duty bearers, Dandelion Africa Administrator Harun Karanja said the fight against GBV in the society calls for concerted efforts.
According to Karanja, under the program dubbed ‘Jukumu Langu,’ the community volunteers will continue to work in the GBV cluster groups to ensure the elimination of GBV cases in the society.
Already Dandelion Africa has been engaging in various activities at grassroots level among them roadshows and radio programs to help sensitize the community on the need to combat GBV cases and retrogressive cultures.
“We all have a collective responsibility in ensuring that we eliminate GBV cases in our society and this can be achieved through collaboration with duty bearers,” said Karanja.
The program was mapped in 8 villages in Mogotio and Rongai with every village having a representation of 10 Trainers of Trainers (TOTs) as well as chiefs and duty bearers.
“Some retrogressive cultures such as FGM and other forms of GBV are of the past and should be shunned by all through collective responsibility in creating awareness,” said one of the TOTs.
Emining Assistant County Commissioner Florence Njeri on her part noted that FGM as a vice has been a challenge in the grassroots communities.
Njeri while noting that the vice is still being practised by a few individuals secretly was quick to state that the national government has put in place measures that will see culprits arrested and prosecuted.
The ‘Jukumu Langu’ program will run for two years.