Every 30 minutes a woman or girl is raped in Kenya.
That’s nearly 50 woman or girls every day, over 300 every week, over 1,200 every month and over 15,000 each year.
While laws exist in Kenya to prevent such atrocities from occurring, unfortunately they are not effectively enforced and more often than not, rapists are not held accountable for their crimes.
Enter the Equality Effect, a charitable organization in Africa that develops creative legal solutions to address the inequality of women and girls in Africa. The organization has launched the 160 Girls Project which aims to seek justice for 160 girls aged 3 to 17-years-old who have been raped.
The stories of these girls are tragic. Often they have been raped by the very people that should protect them like family members, teachers and police. To make matters worse, many men in the country believe that sex with a virgin can cure HIV/AIDS.
Luckily these girls are given temporary shelter for 6 weeks in a rescue center in rural Kenya where they receive treatment. However, after 6 weeks the girls are again vulnerable to being raped again.
To protect the girls from future sexual assaults, the 160 Girls Project is working to secure a court order that would require the enforcement of existing laws that are meant to protect girls from sexual violence. In October the group submitted its claim to the high court against the country’s constitution’s equality provision.
Check out this amazing video about the 160 Girls Project to learn more:
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