Ending Violence Against Children and Youth In Kenya

The partnerships and people that make progress possible

Ending Violence Against Children and Youth In Kenya

The partnerships and people that make progress possible

Violence against children is preventable

In every country around the world, children and youth, particularly adolescent girls, experience sexual violence at unacceptable rates. In Kenya, the 2019 Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) found that 16 percent of girls and 6 percent of boys experience sexual violence before the age of 18. However, we know it doesn’t have to be this way. The 2019 Kenya VACS also shows that in the past decade, coordinated response to the VACS results by partners, individuals, and data-driven action, led Kenya to make great strides in preventing sexual violence against children. Over 10 years – from the 2010 to the 2019 Kenya VACS – the surveys showed substantial reductions in sexual violence against children.

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Progress is possible

Since the 2010 VACS, the prevalence of childhood sexual violence was reduced in half for females, from 32 percent to 16 percent, and by two thirds for males, from 18 percent to 6 percent. While the results of the 2019 VACS also show there is still much work to be done, we now know that progress is possible. One thing is clear: ending sexual violence will not be solved by a single organization or policy. Creating a safer world for all children requires collaboration across sectors, partners, and communities.

Explore the stories

Get a glimpse of the people and partnerships who are working every day to prevent violence against children in Kenya and create a safer world for every child.

Results from the 2010 and 2019 Kenya's Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys reveal a powerful story about how data can inform policy and programming to create a safer world. Explore the data and learn more about Kenya's coordinated response across sectors to prevent and respond to violence against children and adolescents.

Across Kenya, PEPFAR's DREAMS partnership is helping girls and young women lead healthy, AIDS-free and safe lives. Explore the first-person stories and photos produced by 15 incredible girls and young women who reclaimed their agency with the help of DREAMS.

From a hairdresser to a musician, ordinary individuals from across Kenya are doing extraordinary things to fight gender-based violence (GBV). Meet these individuals and hear from their own words how they are taking action to prevent and respond to GBV in their communities.