Dozens protest gender-based violence in Kenya
Nairobi, Mar 8 (EFE).- Dozens of people on Tuesday took to the streets of the Kenyan capital Nairobi to protest violence against women and demand justice for a victim of sexual harassment.
Last week, a video showing a group of motorcycle taxi drivers assaulting a young woman went viral on social media, stirring widespread anger.
Protesters, most of them women, gathered in Uhuru Park before marching toward the Kenya police headquarters, where they submitted a petition seeking protection against all forms of abuse.
Demonstrators carried banners reading “End rape culture” and “Women’s rights are human rights.”
Well-known Kenyan MP Esther Passaris took part in the march, which was organized by the country’s Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) to coincide with International Women’s Day.
“On this International Women’s Day, we marched in solidarity with the young lady who was assaulted yesterday and all Survivors of Sexual Gender-Based Violence,” she wrote on Twitter.
“We will not relent until our women and girls are safe in all public and private spaces,” she added.
FIDA condemned the recent act of violence against the young woman and urged the police to ensure all perpetrators are arrested and brought to justice.
So far, 16 people linked to the assault have been detained and more than 200 drivers have also been arrested for violating regulations.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday ordered all motorcycle taxi drivers, known as boda boda, to re-register.
“A boda boda is not a license to strip a woman. There should never be a repeat of what happened on Friday. This is a blight on the whole Kenyan society,” he said.EFE