Gender Based Violence

Posted May 27, 2020 from Kenya

In this COVID -19 time gender based violence seems to have increased ten fold; Due to  numerous confinement and people working from home there has been little space  for people to have what they love most like socializing in  pubs , watching games etc It seems many people ( especially men) hardly know their homes! there are jokes  of children asking their mothers if Daddy has come to live with them ! Other fathers have been busy with work schedules either abroad of in their offices they hardly have time with families.. therefore there's that acrimony in homes;

In other families COVID-19 has disrupted people livelihoods thus rendering many unemployed; this is potential a dangerous space because depression sets in resulting to people losing their cool often.Its a catch 22 which needs to be addressed with caution as  they serve as triggers to start violence within the homes. 

What this means is that in every situation there's a silver lining ; this situation might last for a little longer than we had anticipated; we need to know how to strike a  balance even as we raise our families and pursue careers/ work.

This story was submitted in response to Gender-Based Violence.

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Jill Langhus
May 27
May 27

Hi Ruth,

How are you and your family doing? Thanks for sharing your update. Yes, it does sound like a catch 22. It's sad, though, that there is a common joke about dad's coming to live with them.

I hope you and your family are safe and well:-)

Hello, Ruth,

We certainly are in a period where we were/are unprepared of what’s happening. It’s sad that cases of GBV are increasing.

Thanks for leaving us a message of hope. I like that you are optimistic: “every situation has a silver lining”.

Thank you for sharing! Please write more and please stay safe!

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jun 22
Jun 22

Dear Ruth
Hope you are doing well in this difficult times.Truly GBV is taking another dimension in this period of covid-19.Thanks for sharing your updates.
Stay safe with your family
Veronica Ngum