Remember elderly women in campaign to end GBV

Elderly women displaced by floods in Homa Bay County wait for relief food distributed by Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa in 2018.Communities must treat older women with care and respect.

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What you need to know:

  • Violence against older women is widespread, with perpetrators ranging from intimate partners, family members, caregivers, and community members.
  • Covid-19 containment measures have left, and continue to leave older persons alone, separated from caring kin who would otherwise often check in on them and ensure their wellbeing.
  • Ending SGBV against older women will take a concerted effort.

Maria is an 84-year-old widow from Riruta Satellite, a low-income suburb in Nairobi. She is a mother of five children, two sons and three daughters. Her husband died three years ago, leaving her with the family property that included unoccupied land and some rentals.

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