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Gender Based Violence

Violence Against Women

Though women’s rights have progressed in the past 100 years, violence against women is still a global phenomenon. Amnesty international reports that one-in-three women worldwide will be physically, sexually or otherwise abused during their lifetime. These numbers are also reflected among Canadian statistics, with 67% of all Canadians reporting that they know at least woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted. Despite a 1993 Declaration on the Elimination of violence against Women by the UN, the problem still persists today.

The violence that women face globally includes genital mutilation, sexual slavery, forced prostitution, domestic violence and rape. Globally, and here in Canada, domestic assaults and homicide from an intimate partner or family member is disparate towards women. Globally 70 percent of women have experienced physical or sexual assault from an intimate partner, and in Canada 83% of all police-reported domestic assaults were against women. For homicides, in 2012 on a worldwide scale of all female homicides nearly half were committed by an intimate partner or family member. In Canada of 89 spousal homicides in 2011 over 85% of victims were women. A prime example of how Canada is not adverse to this global issue of violence against women is the case of 582 missing or murdered Aboriginal women. Between 2000 to 2008 10% of all female homicides were aboriginal women despite accounting for only 3% of the Canadian female population.


Though violence itself is not a gender-specific issue, the threats facing women are unique and deep seated in gender discrimination. In many instances laws are not in their favour of women or not in accordance with international standards. Specific to these issues is the reluctance of women who experience violence to step forward and ask for help or report the abuses. Under 40% of women actually do search for help, those who do most likely turn to friends and family and only 10% go to the police.

As international organizations work to collect more data on this issue and strengthen laws and institutions globally, is there space for technology to contribute to alleviating this issue? Local Vancouver companies and global companies are using apps, GPS, mobile phones and other technology as tools to empower women to contribute to their safety and security. Join PeaceGeeks on March 9 for our 32nd PeaceTalk to learn more about how tech is working to end violence against women.



Mar 5, 2016
Category: Thematic Issues

Collecting Statistics to Combat Gender Based Violence in Kenya

PeaceGeeks is working in conjunction with the incredible efforts of our local Vancouver volunteers to establish an innovative statistics-collections app for Kenyan NGO Nakuru Gender Based Violence Network (Nakuru GBV Network). With a focus on empowering grassroots organizations that help victims of sexual and gender-based violence, the Network works to reduce the level of violence in Nakuru County through community sensitization, educational campaigns, and fostering connections for others committed to ending such atrocities.

PeaceGeeks has previously worked with the Nakuru GBV Network by developing their website last January, giving them the platform to fully utilize their efforts and provide their local communities with the skillset and knowledge necessary to develop self-reliance and sustainability.

In addition to working relentlessly on the individual level to empower and support survivors in the community, the Nakuru GBV Network also aims to make substantial changes on the grand scale to reduce the level of gender-based violence that has seen a recent increased.

One major hurdle on the path to improving conditions however, is the severe lack of critical information and accurate data surrounding the current state of affairs with regards to gender-based violence in Kenya. PeaceGeeks is currently supporting Nakuru GBV Network to overcome this impediment through an innovative app that uses SMS to collect disaggregated statistics in rural areas. This technological innovation will give the Nakuru GBV Network a more accurate picture of what citizens are truly enduring in areas of Nakuru that potentially may not receive the attention needed from the government. Such developments mean an increase in awareness for the Network, and in turn for the greater community at large, strengthening an already leading Network’s available scope of influence.

Oct 16, 2015

Nakuru Gender-Based Violence Network

Crisis Overview

Kenyans are still recovering from the devastating 2007/2008 post-election violence. Kenya descended into ethnic violence. More than 1,000 people were killed, and 500,000 displaced. Women and girls were the disproportionate victims. While only 900 rapes were reported, an estimated 40,000 sexual and gender-based attacks occurred, in particular rape and gang rape. However, women were also key peacemakers during and after the conflict. At the height of the fighting, 200 women from a Nairobi slum marched through the streets, calling for peaceful resolution. Violence was most severe in the Nakuru region, where ethnic strife is endemic due to land conflicts.

What They Do

The Nakuru Gender Based Violence (GBV) Network consists of 15 organizations which coordinate to combat gender based violence in the Nakuru region of Kenya. They aim to improve prevention and response services to victims, and support government initiatives to end gender based violence. They organize awareness campaigns, community sensitization programs, capacity building for local communities, civic education programs, and partnerships with groups dedicated to ending gender based violence in Nakuru County.

Our Impact

By partnering with PeaceGeeks, Nakuru GBV Network was able to develop from just having a Facebook page to acquiring its first website, personalized logo, and a community newsletter accessible to all members of the Network, as well as the general public. These technological and communications systems allow the organizations that form the Nakuru GBV Network to work together more effectively. They have also increased the network’s capacity to generate awareness about GBV and related issues, such as HIV/AIDS, women’s rights, sexual exploitation, and abuse.

PeaceGeeks has enabled us have visibility on our work as a network in curbing gender violence. This platform will also enable us share experiences and best practices with the rest of the world and will enable other organizations within the cluster that do not have the ability to showcase their work to the world.

Deliverables Summary
  • Website deployment
  • Hosting
  • Training
  • Newsletter set-up
  • Logo design
  • Social media integration
  • SMS-based GBV Reporting app

PeaceGeeks Contributors

Renee Black - Project Manager - Mina Radivojevic - Graphic Designer

Nakuru Gender-Based Violence Network Contributors

Steve Owaga Biko - Former Chair - Margaret Muchendu - Board Secretary

Gender Based Violence & Persecution in Uganda

The Refugee Law Project, under its video advocacy program, has produced documentaries to highlight the plight of forced migrants in Uganda. The most recent video, entitled "They Do not Believe Us" shines a spotlight on the issues of sexual slavery and exploitation against refugee communities in Uganda and aims to strengthen community support and involvement in ending the increasing sexual slavery and exploitation. This film was shot during RLP's Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Persecution awareness campaign week, and focuses on the ways communities are trying to end sexual and gender-based violence against displaced groups. The advocacy week included a march though the streets of Kampala with advocacy messages, workshops targeting refugee women and men, round table advocacy discussions with various civil society organisations and government departments and community dialogues on how to address these issues.

To learn more about the issues and what is being done to address them, watch the video at

May 22, 2012
Category: Issue Briefs
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