In Kenya about half of all women between 15 and 49 have experienced physical or sexual violence. One in five has experienced sexual violence and 12% of women report that their first sexual encounter was forced. Perpetrators of GBV are not strangers: most often, they are the men closest to the survivor, figures of authority or of trust. Statistics show that over 90% of the reported perpetrators are men and that GBV cuts across race, age, economic, education and gender boundaries.
Most cases of GBV go unreported with 55% to 95% of women having never sought help.
The 1 Million Fathers Movement is a national social movement created by the GVRC, supported by UNICEF and UN WOMEN. It addresses the root causes of GBV by building a positive male culture in Kenya and encouraging men to actively engage in various activities that build social – cultural rejection of GBV.
The purpose is to sign on 1 million men within 1 year and to create a national social movement building male rejection of all forms of GBV present in Kenya.
The target population for this movement has no societal or geographical boundaries or limitations. It is expected that at least one quarter of the signees will become change leaders at a community level by becoming positive male role models for peers and younger generations. The movement will reach out through GVRC’s extensive community networks in Kenya and via radio, television and print media.
It will appeal to different economic classes within Kenya by attracting community leaders, media personalities, sporting personalities, corporate leaders and academic instructors to the campaign who will have appeal within their sphere of influence.
The movement will aim to activate men with 3 levels (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) of engagement depending upon the time, commitment and energy they are able to spare.
The Gender Violence Recovery Centre (GVRC) is a non-profit making, non-partisan, charitable trust of the Nairobi Women’s Hospital (NWH). GVRC’s main purpose is to bring back meaning to survivors’ lives by providing comprehensive free medical treatment and psychosocial support to survivors of GBV or other forms of violence such as emotional, physical, sexual or psychosocial abuse.
Support given includes rescue, temporal shelter and longer term placements where necessary. Whilst these interventions continue to be key priorities, it is vital to complement these efforts by addressing root causes of GBV by involving boys and men.
Frequently updated information about the GVRC and the Million Fathers Movement can be found HERE.