Effects of Gender based Violence on Girls and Women in Kibera Informal Settlement, Nairobi County
Mwereru, Jane Igoki
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This sought to investigate the effects of gender based violence (GBV) on girls and women in Kibera. an informal settlement. The aim was to document the nature and forms of GBV in Kibera as well as establish their causes. In addition, it sought to investigate the effects of GBV on girls and women. The target population was sampled from the nine villages that constitute Kibera Division. Purposive sampling was applied to select these villages. Findings revealed that there were various forms and causes of GBV in Kibera that had adverse effects on all facets of girls and women's lives, their health, economic and social aspects. Based on the findings it is concluded that GBV has adverse effects on girls and women in the informal settlements. From the research findings, it is recommended that there is need for increased sensitization and enhanced advocacy on GBV, enhanced awareness education with regard to the provision of Sexual Offences Act, where to seek help and what help is available for the survivors of GBV, strengthening of the legal framework and judicial system, and socio- economic empowerment of girls and women.