Gender violence victims to get free legal services

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 00:03 | By

The Kakamega County government has pledged pro-bono legal services to the victims of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

Through the Office of County Attorney, the Wycliffe Oparanya administration said it would be offering free legal services to SGBV victims.

This was announced during a meeting between County Attorney Vivian Mmbaka and anti-SGBV crusaders led by the governor’s wife Priscilla Oparanya (pictured).

Others included officers from the Department of Health Services and representatives from Touch a Life, a Community Based Organisation, and JHPIEGO, an NGO.

Issues touching on women, youth, persons with disability, orphans, widows, SGBV and teenage pregnancies were discussed during the meeting.

County Gender Based Violence Coordinator Rose Muhanda said there was a high number of SGBV and teenage pregnancies in the county.

“In 2021, 538 children between 10-14 years got pregnant in the county and the total number of teenage mothers between 10-18 years in the same year stood at 14,768,” she said.

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