Gender-Based Violence in a Kenyan Slum: Creating Local, Woman-Centered Interventions
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Soc. Serv. Res.
Gender-based violence; slums; interventions; Kenya; INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE; DOMESTIC VIOLENCE; WOMEN; PREVALENCE; CHINA; Social Work
Gender-based violence in the developing world is beginning to receive serious scholarly attention. However, much of that research still overlooks violence against women in the burgeoning slum communities around the globe. This survey of 200 women between the ages of 18 and 30 years old describes gender-based violence in the "informal" settlement of Kibera, Kenya, the largest slum in sub-Saharan Africa. Prevalence and attitudes toward gender-based violence among survey participants are compared to those measured in the general population. Because results of the Kiberan survey show a higher rate of gender-based violence among women than the general population of Kenya, it appears that interventions are urgently needed in the slum. At the same time, slum-dwelling women reported lower attitudinal tolerance of gender-based violence than the larger population, supporting the readiness to accept interventions if available. The current study is one of the first to report data specifically about gender-based violence among women in Kibera and thus serves as a platform upon which larger future studies may be built. Implications for future research are discussed.
Journal of Social Service Research
"Gender-Based Violence in a Kenyan Slum: Creating Local, Woman-Centered Interventions" (2012). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 2540.