Her Excellency the First Lady Scovia Kachapin graced the launching of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence 2022 at Kodich Ward.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual campaign that begins on 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs through International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

Different civil societies championing for actions against Gender Based Violence in West Pokot congregated to mark this day under the theme "UNiTE! Activism to end violence against women and girls."

Her excellency promised to partner with civil societies and women rights organisations through the Office of the First Lady to ensure GBV is averted in West Pokot. Further, she urged the community to be vigilant and report all cases and perpetrators of Gender Based Violence to the relevant authorities.

Acknowledging the sheer effort by civil groups to mitigate FGM, her excellency urged the community to shun retrogressive cultural practices like Female Genital mutilation.

“I know our children are coming for a long holiday. You must engage them in meaningful activities. Let us not allow our girls to succumb to FGM.’’ She said.

Kacheliba OCS Mr. Tom Nanyaro reiterated on bringing culprits to book. He vowed to work closely with all the NGOs, Women groups and civil societies to ensure these vices are dealt with. Consequently, he urged all civil groups to be prompt and report all forms of gender violence to the police.

The First Lady was flanked by this year's mashujaa county hero Miss Everlyne Prech and Madam Carolyn Menach.