4 demands by Oga Obinna in GBV against men petition.

Comedian Oga Obinna has started a petition to address the increasing cases of gender-based violence (GBV) against men.

According to the comedian affected by UWAKI, men have been neglected when it comes to GBV and called on Kenyans to support the petition that will be tabled in parliament.

Obinna said he saw male victims of sexual violence being ridiculed by police officers, which he was not happy about.

“I was also a victim and luckily I got out unharmed. I often get messages from other men who are assaulted, but I’m afraid of being ridiculed if they tell their stories. They need help and they don’t need to know where to go or who to talk to. I saw the police mocking him victim of UWAKI instead of helping him,” Obinna said.

Oga Obinna
A photo file of Oga Obinna

The petition highlights four key issues that should be addressed by stakeholders in different sectors, including the Governor’s Office, the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI), and the Department of Public Service, Gender and Partnerships.

So this request asks:

  1. The Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) investigates the accused and arrests the perpetrators.
  2. Nairobi County Government has established accommodation and counseling centers for victims of UWAKI.
  3. Ministry of Public Service, Gender and Positive Actions to establish policies and programs for male victims of GBV.
  4. The Ministry of Public Service, Gender and Affirmative Actions creates support groups that have regular physical meetings and are led by a professional facilitator (nurse, social worker or psychologist) so that men affected by UWAKI can participate a safe space to share their stories/experiences and begin their healing journey.

So far, the petition has been signed by more than 600 people.

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