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Gender-Based Violence case broadcast to bring justice to our girls, Migori County, Kenya

By Robi Chacha,

The Media Project:

My project was on GBV. I spoke to the family of a young girl (12 years old) who has been sexually abused by her uncle since she was 9 years and infected with HIV/AIDS. I spoke to the victim, her mother, and GBV advocates in the county.

How successful was your media project? 

              – https://youtu.be/5OukiqEMehM 

It was successful because after we aired our piece, the suspect was arrested and hopefully proper justice will be served soon.

Difficulties:

At first, the family was hesitant to speak to us, since they were constantly receiving threats from the suspect. But eventually, through therapists and law enforcers we managed to get them to speak.

Strong messages:

Many victims of different forms of GBV fear speaking out due to victimization, discrimination, and shame. Gender-Based Violence case broadcast to bring justice to our girls, Migori County, Kenya Click To TweetGBV should be a daily conversation until a visible solution is reached. Gender-Based Violence case broadcast to bring justice to our girls, Migori County, Kenya Click To TweetMany GBV cases go unheard, justice is delayed when the suspect has an upper hand or can bribe their way out. Gender-Based Violence case broadcast to bring justice to our girls, Migori County, Kenya Click To Tweet

Unexpected wins:

The suspect is now in police custody following our story.

Next time:

Possibly speak to police and also understand the role of the GBV desk in the police sector.

Ruth Harley

Ruth Harley is working with GMC as a Website News Editor, compiling stories written by End FGM campaigners working with the Global Media Campaign to End FGM across Africa. Alongside this work, she is running The Women’s Vinyl Project which empowers women and girls through singing and music and is helping to end FGM.