Nairobi to host a femicide victims vigil

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The vigil will commemmorate all the femicide victims.
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There will be a vigil on May 31, 2019 at the University of Nairobi to remember all the femicide victims.

Organized by a number of organizations such as Embrace, UN Women, Feminists in Kenya, and CREAW Kenya, the vigil will run from 4pm to 9pm.

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To show their solidarity with the families of the departed, attendees are advised to wear white and a touch of pink.

Two hashtags will be used – #HerLifeMatters and #EndFemicideNow – to condemn the high death rates of women and ladies in Kenya.

A similar campaign was held on Sunday in Kabarnet, Baringo County by Embrace Kenya and a section of women Members of Parliament. They condemned the current insecurity and violence in the county which have adversely affected the women and children.

A section of women Members of Parliament in Baringo County on Sunday.
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Data from Counting Dead Women Kenya cites that between January 1, 2019 to April 13, 2019, 40 women had been killed. Nairobi had the most killings followed by Kiambu then Nakuru counties. Most of those murders were executed by the victims’ partners or family members.

The recent murder is of the parliament police woman, Constable Hellen Kwamboka. The constable was found lying in a pool of blood with a deep cut on her head, in her house in Umoja, Nairobi. Police suspect that Ms. Kwamboka’s boyfriend may have killed her before fleeing as he had visited her the night before her death occurred.

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