“Usikimye is Swahili word for “Don’t be Silent” and OneInAnARMY a charity organization will be supporting “Usikimye” against sexual and gender based violence in Kenya. With #BreakTheSilenceWithJK, the charity organization has chosen to suport a Kenyan organization, “Usikimye” which is a safe haven where they provide food, shelter, counselling among other forms of support for victims and survivors sexual and gender based violence.
As a Kenyan ARMY we are so proud to see our country be in the spotlight. Getting to see our country’s name on BTS’ “Permission to Dance” music video was the highligt of the year and now one of the charity’s in the country has been chosen to be supported in honor of JungKook’s birthday is the icing on the cake. ARMY is one amazing family that never ceaszes to amaze us.
BTS have taught us to Love ourselves which eventually trickles to loving others, and loving others is through action which is giving, whether financially, physically, virtually, or otherwise, the heart of the giver is what matters. Thank you OneInAnARMY!💜💜💜
“One In An ARMY is a fan collective of volunteers around the globe. Driven by our shared interest in global superstars, BTS, and the idea of using our collective power for global good, we seek out non-profit organizations worldwide and harness the power of ARMY into giving micro-donations over a one month period”_OneInAnARMY
According to UNHCR Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) refers to any act that is perpetrated against a person’s will and is based on gender norms and unequal power relationships.
Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) includes any form of a non-consensual sexual act, attempt to forcefully obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic women’s sexuality, using coercion, threats of harm or physical force, by any person regardless of relationship to the survivor, in any setting, including but not limited to home and work.
Six core SGBV types include, rape, sexual assault, physical assault, forced marriage, denial of resources/ opportunities or services and psychological and emotional abuse
In Kenya, Survivors of SGBV can access or seek assistance from the following hotlines/contacts
- 1195 -National GBV hotline
- 1190 – Counselling hotline
- 1517 – UNHCR toll-free number
- 0800720309 – Danish Refugee Council (DRC) toll- free number
- 0800-720600 -Telecounselling AMANI counselling Center
- 0790781359 – CVT
- 0770451236 / 0777784009- HIAS
- 0704-873342 -NCCK Health coordinator
- 1196 – Childline
- 0711400506 – MSF hotline
- 0800720121 – LVCT toll-free number
- 999 / 112 – Kenya police emergency hotline
Below are the key agencies focal persons to support on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases and referrals, Kenyan based. For support in your country seek the provided channels or resources.
Refugee Affairs Secretariat (RAS)
Evans Pasua (Community-Based Protection Officer)
David Mwamkita (Gender and GBV Manager)
Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)
Nancy Mwikali (Councelling supervisor)
Refugee Consortium of Kenya (RCK)
Lenah Moenga (Legal consultant: Legal and Psychosocial Programme)
Euphemia Anyango (Project Office GBV)
John Lanyo (Associate, Coomunity outreach)
Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
Loice Giteru (Protection Officer)
Kituo Cha Sheria
Caroline Wanjiku Kamau (Legal officer)
Joseph Nyage (Community Outreach Manager)
Joan Nyongesa (Legal and advocacy Officer)
David Mwenga (GBV focal-Coptic hospital)
You can also report incidents or to seek assistance through hotline numbers: 0729 209 398 / 0800720308 (free) or 0717 968 219.