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It’s Time For The Zero Violence254 Initiative

The Zero Violence254 Initiative

The Zero Violence254 Initiative is a response to the various forms of violence in Kenya.

More specifically, it is a move to kick domestic and electoral violence out of Kenya once and for all.

Kicking Violence Out Of Kenya

To this end, the Zero Violence254 initiative team led by John Burke Baidoo will be launching a series of activities championing the awareness of the ‘Protection Against Domestic Violence Act of Kenya’.

One of these activities is the Zero Violence254 Walk that launches on 15 March 2017 in Kwale.

The walk begins in Kwale and takes the Zero Violence254 team through 16 counties to eventually arrive in Moyale, the border town that crisscrosses Kenya and Ethiopia.

The public can get involved by buying a step for as low as Ksh 500/-. Corporates are also invited to fund the campaign which will see John and Douglas take over 10,000 steps.

Each step is a step closer to kicking violence out of Kenya once and for all.

Introducing The Zero Violence254 Team

John Burke Baidoo is attempting the walk together with Douglas Kinyua, a project officer with Adili (Access To Justice) a program of Ripples International.

The duo staged a recce mapping out the best possible route to take for the walk in April this year.

Read all about the amazing recce here.

As we mentioned, the purpose of the walk is to create awareness on the ‘Protection Against Domestic Violence Act’, and take an active stand against electoral and domestic violence.

In recent history, Kenya has seen an outbreak of violence in electoral years. Thousands of Kenyans have been displaced from their homes and property as a result.

In fact, a great part of the work that John and Douglas do is as a result of that electoral violence. It may seem a bit far fetched considering that the last elections was five years ago, but to some of these families that were displaced from their property, it still is a very real concern.

Many of the displaced families are yet to receive adequate compensation or their day of justice in court.

Court cases dag on for years. Hence the very real need to get to the bottom of the issue and champion a move that will promote peace, advocacy and justice to the less fortunate.

Domestic Violence: Another silent criminal on the loose…

Unfortunately, many people do not know what domestic violence constitutes and as a result suffer silently in the hands of those who perpetrate this crime.

There are many actions that are, according to the Protection Against Domestic Violence Act, termed as domestic violence.

But without knowing that these actions, no one can do anything about it.

More importantly, people are too scared to come forward either because of victimization, or abuse by family members or a compromised court system.

I think we all know instances like this, where perhaps your aunt, or friend was being beaten by a elder male figure and for years kept silent to avoid ‘societal shame.’

It goes the other way too.

Perhaps you know a boy who was regularly beaten by an older female figure, burnt with hot water, whipped with a knife, forced to sleep outside in the rain, or some other heinous act.

This is where Adili, a program by Ripples International comes into play.

Through Adili, victims are guaranteed a fair and credible walk through the legal process. Most of the time, Adili dispenses free legal aid to its clients. They are walked through the legal process and given free advice and counsel right up to their day in court.

Hence the need for the Zero Violence254 walk. The funds raised through this walk will fund the legal aid given to deserving clients.

More importantly, by knowing what constitutes domestic violence, the perpetrators of this act will think twice before committing this travesty.

With adequate knowledge about domestic violence, thousands will be bold enough to take a stand against it in their homes and come forward when such occurrences do happen.

 

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