PHR's Rachel Muthoga reports from the “Climb up – Speak Out” walk to mark International Women’s Day 2012. The walk, which is part of the UN Campaign to stop gender based violence, brings together survivors of gender based violence and their supporters from all over Kenya.
Today, in honor of International Women’s Day, PHR reaffirms our commitment to comprehensive justice for survivors of sexual violence and support for those working on the front lines to help them. Through our Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, we strive to improve women’s health, ensure greater access to justice for women, and give women an increased voice.
As a first time visitor to Bukavu, I fell in love with the region’s natural beauty and its people. Being able to converse in Swahili with people I met in town and at PHR’s forensic training workshop allowed me to feel right at home and made the cultural interchange very rich.
Day one of the training: A 12-year-old school girl walked home with a male friend from class. On the way home, he invited her into his house and she found herself alone with him there. She stated that he forced her to take off her dress and then violated her. (role-playing exercise)
It turns out we’re the first guests to stay at the brand new and modest guest house on the campus of the City of Joy (Panzi, South Kivu, DRC).