Domestic violence has become a very common vice in Meru at large.
In Kenya domestic violence has increased to 38%. The violence is both physical and emotional for both men and women. We have had women killed or have their body parts mutilated by their partners. CIFORD Kenya works with rural women who are suffering silently from domestic violence, these women are therefore prone to psychological torture, emotional and physical which a time leads to death. As CIFORD, we have taken it as our concern to sensitize women on how best to reduce domestic violence.
CIFORD Kenya found the importance to organize a seminar on domestic violence its causes, effects, and solutions. They were encouraged to sustain their families violence is not the solution to family problems.
On 25 May 2018, CIFORD Kenya organized a one-day seminar to educate women on gender-based violence. A total of 64 women attended the seminar. Topics discussed were;
- What is Gender-Based Violence
- Causes and effects
- The root cause of violence
- Direct and indirect violence
- Other types of violence
- How to avoid the confrontations
- 64 women were trained on G.B.V
- Women were able to understand more on their right, causes and how to prevent G.B.V
- The women were trained on how to reduce confrotations at home.
‘’My greatest achievement as the chairlady is the fact that we are able to pay the school fees of our children from our table banking without going for bank loans or debts from our friends. Since we started, there is no single case of one of our members who has failed to educate her children because of lack of money. We always come to the aid of every member.’’ Susan Mwonjaru, chairlady
Kalumera Thuranira is a 63 year old widow from Mumui sub location of Meru in the semi-arid region. Kalumera is seen as an outcast in the community as she is deaf and dumb and has no children. Her husband died 20 years ago who had married her as a second wife. Kalumera lives a lonely and alienated life.
Julia Kauria is a member of Kailakai Self help group in Kianjai ward, She is a beneficiary of CIFORD training program which is aimed at sustainable agriculture for food security. Julia has a garden and the joy in a whole family can be expressed in their faces.