Between 15 and 20% of women in Kenya with a disability, experience severe sexual and gender-based violence in their lifetime.
Deaf women and girls are especially vulnerable to attacks.
Joy Kanana, Deaf Outreach Officer for DESK (Deaf Empowerment Society of Kenya) and Ms Bancy, a Sign Language Translator, explain in this short video what needs to be done to stop sexual and gender-based violence of deaf women and girls and what the best point of potential intervention is within policy, attitudes, and practices.
“There is a lack of support for deaf victims and this perpetrates a society where rape, and particularly the rape of a deaf person is viewed as a less serious case."
Recommendations and interventions from DESK include:
- Develop best-practice tools to educate, train and support deaf women and girls on gender-based violence and their sexual reproductive health and rights
- Develop best-practice tools for professionals involved in the prevention of gender-based violence in Kenya
- Lobby the government and other stakeholders of laws and policies
- Translate local and national policies and laws into more accessible documents for deaf women and girls
A Disability User Guide developed by UK Aid Direct (another fund managed by AmplifyChange Fund Managers MannionDaniels) provides useful information on how organisations can improve the ways they report on disability.
To watch this video, visit UK Aid Direct’s YouTube page.