The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in Kenya has called on the government to declare femicide and gender-based violence a national disaster in the East African country.
The call comes following a series of killings, including the murder of record-breaking long-distance runner and Olympian Agnes Tirop.
Tirop was found dead with stab wounds on Wednesday in the western town of Iten, a training centre for top athletes. Her husband is suspected to have been behind the killing, and has since been arrested and placed into custody.
“Kenyans continue to wake up daily to news of women killed by their spouses and partners,” local KBC television quotes Nancy Ikilu, FIDA-Kenya chairperson.
“Many times, we have expressed horror at the rising rate of femicide in the country. The numbers are worrying and FIDA-Kenya is concerned over the safety and security of women and girls. Women rights are human rights and no woman deserves to be killed no matter the circumstances,” she added.
Ikinu urged the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the National Police Service to expedite investigations and bring the perpetrators to account.