Ending Sexual Violence

HOW CAN WE END SEXUAL VIOLENCE?

 

In collaboration with local community partners, Freely in Hope works to prevent sexual abuse and re-abuse through holistic education, leadership development and advocacy platforms.

Freely in Hope tackles issues of sexual violence through holistic education, leadership development and advocacy platforms. Nearly one in three Kenyan girls experience sexual violence before the age of 18 (Trust Law) but we can prevent this from happening by ensuring safe and holistic support for girls and young women who are survivors of or vulnerable to sexual violence.

Freely in Hope provides high school scholarships to prevent sexual abuse and re-abuse. In Kenya, only 20 percent of girls age 10-14 are enrolled in school. Though primary school is free in many countries in Eastern Africa, secondary school, often privately owned, is not. Besides the cost, gender discrimination, early marriage and pregnancies contribute to the school drop out rate. In Zambia, the average school life expectancy for girls is 13 years—most don’t even make it to high school. In Kenya, only 8.5 percent of high school students graduate. Funding academic opportunities for schoolgirls ensures that they stay in school and graduate from high school with the motivation to go to college.

Freely in Hope funds university scholarships for young women who are survivors and advocates against sexual violence. In Kenya, only 4 percent of young women ages 21-24 are enrolled in a higher-level educational institute. Without education and access to higher paying jobs, young women are expected to marry and care for the family at a young age. Working in other people’s homes as house girls, these young women are especially vulnerable to sexual violence. But as they’re enrolled in school, they reclaim their purpose and reenvision their dreams—they are no longer victims but survivors.

Freely in Hope equips survivors and advocates to lead. In our community of scholars, we have learned that survivors want to become leaders as they advocate against sexual violence for their community. Over and over, our scholars have told us that they want to use their education to ensure that no other child, woman or man is forced to endure the violence they experienced.

Freely in Hope develops leaders by providing advocacy platforms. Freely in Hope hosts conferences to advocate against sexual violence. We talk about the prevalent issues that are taboo—rape and incest, human trafficking awareness, HIV/AIDS prevention through abstinence, and local laws that should protect girls against female genital mutilation and child marriages.

 

Where We Work

 

Zambia

159% of women have been sexually violated
School life expectency: 13 years old (girls)
Education expenditures: 1.3% of GDP

People living on < $1.25/day: 60.5%
Population: 14,638,505
Capital: Lusaka
Religion: 95% Christian

Mother’s mean age: 19.2 years old
Infant mortality rate: 66.6 / 1,000
Contraceptive prevalence: 40.8%
HIV/AIDS prevalence: 12.7%, 7th in world

Child labor: 41% (ages 5-14)
Trafficking Tier Rating: 2

1Statistics on gender-based violence vary due to many factors including most incidences go unreported because of stigma or dismissed cases.

 

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Kenya

143% of women have been sexually violated
School life expectancy: 11 years old (girls)
Education expenditures: 6.7% of GDP

People living on < $1.25/day: 43.4%
Population: 45,010,056
Capital: Nairobi
Religion: 82% Christian

Mother’s mean age: 19.8 years old
Infant mortality rate: 40.7 / 1,000
Contraceptive prevalence: 45.5%
HIV/AIDS prevalence: 6.1%, 12th in world

Child labor: 26% (ages 5-14)
Trafficking Tier Rating: 2

Information from the CIA World Factbook

 

DO YOU NEED SUPPORT?

If you are a survivor of sexual violence in Kenya or Zambia and are seeking assistance, please contact us via email: info@freelyinhope.org. Applications are closed for the year, though we will do the best we can to connect you with the best resources available in your community.

Kenya

Sexual and Gender Based Violence silence breaker: 1195
FGM and Child Marriage Hotline is: 0770 610505
GVRC Kenya provides free services for victims of gender-based violence: 0719638006
If a child needs help, call the national child helpline: 116

Zambia

Gender Based Violence, Human Trafficking and HIV/AIDS hotline: 933
If a child needs help, call the national child helpline: 116

US

RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.HOPE
National Human Trafficking Resource Center: 1 (888) 373-7888
SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)

How to help a survivors of sexual violence.