Case study on the rising cases of femicide in Kenya

By Harriet Afandi

In recent years, Kenya has witnessed a concerning rise in cases of femicide, where women are specifically targeted and killed due to their gender. In January 2020, 10 women were killed in Kenya. January 2024, 4 women have been murdered according to BBC’s report. While some argue that similar attention should be given to men who face violence, it’s crucial to address the distinct issue of femicide without diminishing the importance of other forms of gender-based violence. This article aims to emphasize the urgency of confronting femicide in Kenya and encourage a more inclusive dialogue on gender-based violence. I draw attention to the urgent issue of online harassment faced by Kenyan women, as exposed by BBC in their investigative report. This alarming vulnerability has been linked to femicide, as highlighted in The Guardian’s in-depth coverage.

These reports underscore the severity of the situation, emphasizing the need for immediate action to address the national crisis of femicide in Kenya. On Wednesday January 17, it is reported by NTV Kenya how a woman was found beheaded while cooking Kenya’s ugali. On January 19, a woman was found allegedly murdered, son on the run in Bomet Kenya as reported by Citizen TV. One was severely gang raped then murdered last week, according to The Star Kenya.

In light of these revelations, I urge those who argue that feminists neglect men’s issues to recognize that our advocacy extends to all victims of injustice. Men who believe their concerns are overlooked should speak up, as the power to effect change lies in breaking the silence. It is essential to understand that support often follows when one voices their grievances. No one will champion a cause shrouded in silence.

Acknowledging All Victims

It is essential to recognize that violence affects both men and women, and no life lost to violence should be minimised. However, addressing femicide does not negate the severity of violence against men. Instead, it calls for a nuanced understanding that different forms of gender-based violence require tailored solutions. Why Focus on Femicide: Femicide is a specific manifestation of gender-based violence rooted in deep-seated gender inequalities. Addressing femicide is not about neglecting male victims; rather, it is a focused effort to dismantle the structures that perpetuate violence against women. By tackling femicide head-on, we contribute to dismantling the patriarchal norms that harm both men and women.

The Responsibility of All

Advocates for gender equality, regardless of gender, must recognize the importance of addressing femicide. It is not about assigning blame but understanding the unique challenges faced by women and working collaboratively towards a safer society for all. Men, too, play a crucial role in standing up against femicide, as allies in the fight for gender equality.

The Danger of Silencing Voices

Attempting to dismiss or silence those who advocate for addressing femicide only perpetuates a culture of inequality. Open dialogue is crucial for creating comprehensive solutions. Instead of discouraging conversations about femicide, we should encourage discussions that include all perspectives, fostering an environment where everyone can contribute to the fight against gender-based violence.

Filling the Gaps

Rather than waiting for someone else to address a particular issue, individuals should take initiative and actively contribute to solutions. If one believes that violence against men is not receiving adequate attention, then there is a responsibility to address that gap instead of undermining efforts to combat femicide.

Conclusion

In the pursuit of a society free from gender-based violence, it is imperative to address femicide as a specific challenge. This focus does not undermine the importance of addressing violence against men but seeks to create a comprehensive approach to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence by fostering inclusive conversations and taking collective responsibility.

 

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2 thoughts on “Case study on the rising cases of femicide in Kenya

  1. @Harriet your right because comparing women to men, the Bible calls women weaker vessels and men the head of women as God is the head of Christ.
    This clearly states the vulnerability of wome.
    Secondary; A woman takes nine months pregnant to bear a child or children if Twins /Triplets and more. While for God’s sake a make is able to pregnant more than 30 women in those nine months while the wife is pregnant. This also explains the vulnerability of women.
    Oooh yes both women and men face gender Violence but here we look at the most vulnerable group.
    When a girl becomes pregnant in most African countries they live School but tell the boy who has implegnanted whether they leave school.
    Let’s join hands and fight this cause on our continent.
    And this will be achieved if we go back and practice positive parenting, Expose our children to positive experience during their Early childhood years from 0-8 (in Uganda) and (0-6) globally
    I Love Africa
    Allen Muhire.

  2. Thank you so much Yegon for sharing my story, it’s a high time we because a Collective Social Responsibility to humanity.

    Thank you for the great idea and Innovation (#MOJO) for amplifying international social change through digital storytelling, Advicacy and Activism for positive impact.

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