Dr Mercy Mwangangi opens up on entanglement in a toxic relationship

Dr Mwangangi narrated how her boyfriend began hitting the walls in anger

Health CAS Dr Mercy Mwangangi

Ministry of Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Mercy Mwangangi has opened up about having experienced an abusive relationship.

Dr Mwangangi narrated a specific scenario where she had a terrible fight with her then-boyfriend in the wee hours of the night.

Speaking at the Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response Scientific Conference at the Kenya School of Government, CAS Mwangangi explained how she got confused not knowing what action to take.

The CAS confirmed that she did not suffer any physical injuries during the incident, but fearing that she might have been in danger, she made a phone call to her lawyer.

“That night at 3:00 a.m. when we had the altercation, I remember thinking, okay so this has happened, whom should I call and interestingly the first person I called was my lawyer to see if there was a legal recourse. He was beating walls around me. He was enraged and there was a lot of scuffling,” she said.

The 36-year-old, who has since separated from the partner, says she questioned why she was in such a relationship yet she was educated and was not from a poor background but the experience taught her that gender-based violence can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender and background.

Statistics from the Kenya Health Information System indicate that 7,291 women and 500 men between January and June 2020 while the numbers increased in 2021 from 10,997 females and 717 males.

The Gender Violence and Recovery Centre (GVRC) reports that one in three women is likely to have experienced a form of sexual violence before attaining the age of 18.

The government in June 2021 made a commitment to have ended gender-based violence by 2026.

Some of the policies drafted toward the goal include; scaling up the National Police Service integrated response to GBV, Policare, and establishing GBV recovery centers and shelters in all 47 counties by 2026.

Editor's Note: If you or a person you know has been the victim of sexual or gender-based violence, we encourage that you report the matter at your nearest police station. For further assistance in seeking legal redress contact any of these organizations:-

  1. Gender Violence Recover Centre, Nairobi Women’s Hospital
  2. Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA)
  3. The CRADLE – The Children Foundation
  4. African Network for the Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN)
  5. Advantage Africa
  6. Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW)

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