GBV survivors find solace in Kenya's limited safe houses

Gender-based violence

For survivors like Mary, safe houses are not just a refuge. They are home.


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What you need to know:

  • For survivors like Mary, safe houses are not just a refuge. They are home.
  • Pauline Juma’s story reads just like Mary’s, and starting Rebirth of a Queen was a way of giving back to her 16-year-old self.
  • Founded in 2019, the organisation is dedicated to empowering teenagers and young women survivors of GBV.
  • It opened its first safe house in December 2020 in Kajiado.

“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark” is a poignant line from the poem Home by Somali British writer Warsan Shire. It is a fitting metaphor for the story of Mary*, 18, who left home at 16 to escape from her father, who was also her abuser.

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