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Side by Side Kenya pledge action against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Narok County

20 Sep ,2018

Side by Side Kenya pledge action against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Narok County 

Date: 18 April 2018

Side by Side Kenya Pledge action against Sexual Gender Based Violence in Narok County
In 2017, Side by Side Kenya, with the support of Christian Aid Kenya and INERELA+ Kenya, brought together faith leaders across all faiths with one mission; to address the high cases of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Narok County. This was an effort to take Side by Side gender advocacy in Kenya to the county and community level.
Everyone expressed enthusiasm to tackle gender injustices and to be part of the Side by Side Kenya movement. The situation is even grimmer with the county having the highest prevalence of teenage pregnancies in the country, with 40% against a national prevalence of 18%. Out of the 47 counties in Kenya, Narok County is leading. As a result, girls are dropping out of school and this is damaging for everyone.
Side by Side through Christian Aid partnership with INERELA+ Kenya set the stage to challenge these gender injustices through putting structures in place, which includes training gender justice champions within faith communities, developing a joint action plan and building partnerships between the Religious Leaders, the county and national government. This built an advocacy momentum through faith leaders and custodians of culture at county and national levels.
The outcomes of this ground-breaking engagement by faith leaders on Gender-Based Violence were conceived during a high-level Side by Side meeting of faith leaders held on 18th April 2018 which brought together faith leaders across religious divide and at national level and her Excellency Mrs. Sarah Tunai, The First Lady, Narok County, key religious leaders from the Christian and Muslim Faiths and community leaders, the women and girls. The meeting was part of the collaborative engagements to end Sexual Gender-Based Violence in Narok County. Under the banner of a Faith Movement for Gender Justice, the First Lady, Narok County commended Side by Side Kenya and Christian Aid, for the good work done so far on tackling SGBV. Faith leaders present signed a call to action which was handed over to the First Lady to take it to the governor for support to the faith leaders.
The meeting ended with a procession along the major roads, into the markets and to the government offices with one message, “Faith leaders are against Gender-based violence’’. As part of the procession, an interfaith prayer session was held where different religious leaders spoke on the need for tolerance among families and further called for the respect to and upholding of the rights of girls who are most affected. A plea was made to Christian Aid and other well-wishers to continue supporting the Side by Side course.