In the recent wave of stripping of women in the country, Kenya is participating in the 16 days of activism which is a campaign committed to promoting the dignity of women. The launch held at University of Nairobi marks the second day of the campaign
The UN observes International Day for the elimination of violence against women on 25 November. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence which follow ending on 10 December, Human Rights Day are a chance to mobilize and raise awareness, says a statement on UN women website. Spearheaded by devolution ministry it shall be a time period where the government shall take visible action on culprits responsible for violence against women.
UNDP resident representative Nardo Bekele-Thomas speaking at the opening of the launch said, “We cannot wait anymore, we cannot watch these barbaric actions, lets act. Policies and laws mean nothing if they are not implemented.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta who was also present asked Kenyans to be each others keepers and be responsible as citizens. He said, “girls who have been stripped were undressed violently in public, but people watched and took videos for social media. What are you doing to stop the violence as a Citizen of Kenya? What have you done to stop the violence meted on our women. When all the bad things are happening in this country, what are you doing as a citizen?