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The CARE Project

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Sexual violence is an enduring human rights violation, and its effects are major obstacles to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly SDG5, which concerns gender equality and the empowerment of women. Survivors struggle to access post-rape care services and prosecutions are extremely rare, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The lack of data, and weak statistical and technical capacity, pose major obstacles to sustainable development in LMICs.

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TV47 Digital Partners with Wangu Kanja Foundation

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Wangu Kanja Foundation in partnership with UNCHR and FIDA launched mobile application for reporting and documenting cases of sexual violence in Kenya on Wednesday.

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Mobile App Launched to Report, Document and Track Sexual violence in Kenya

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It will now become easier to report cases of sexual violence after some victims launched a mobile app to be used in reporting and documenting cases of sexual violence in Kenya.

The android app dubbed  “SV_CaseStudy”  is aimed at documenting, reporting and tracking cases of sexual violence.

The application was developed by Wangu Kanja a sexual violence survivor and her foundation; WanguKanja Foundation in partnership with Survivors of Sexual Violence

The app was officially launched by  Ministry of Interior Cabinet  Administrative secretary Patrick Ole Ntutu.

According to Wanja, the app  will go along way to make sure that victims of sexual violence access Justice in time while also working towards developing interventions.

“Victims  can access the app’s portal anonymously and report cases for authorities to follow and dispense Justice” she said.

A witness of sexual violence can also access the app and report cases on behalf of a victim.

The app is available for download  on google play store.

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Founder of group for survivors of rape and gender based violence in talks with our University over research links

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imageKenyan activist meets with researchers at our University and practitioners at Leicester Rape Crisis
L-R Dr Lisa Smith, Lynda Yorke (manager of Leicester Rape Crisis), Wangu Kanja, Dr Clare Gunby (UoL), Meirion Reynolds (Honorary President of Leicester Rape Crisis).

An activist who survived a harrowing rape and carjacking, and went on to establish a Foundation for victims of sexual and gender based violence, is in discussion with our University over establishing a research partnership.

Ms. Wangu Kanja, a Kenyan woman who founded and is director of the Wangu Kanja Foundation is participating in workshops and conversations organised by Dr Lisa Smith from our Department of Criminology. The aim is to strengthen collaborations in research relating to sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings and other low-resource environments. This is linked to the project Dr Smith leads with colleagues in the Department of Genetics developing forensic DNA recovery techniques for women in developing countries. Wangu Kanja said: “Amplifying the voices of survivors requires ‘all hands on deck’ and so building a relationship with the University of Leicester is crucial for linking research with national priorities in Kenya.”
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