In the slum setting, women suffer more indignity of using less secure public which exposes them to possibility of being raped or physical assault,’
The majority women who live in the informal settlement are faced with inadequate housing space, limited access to clean water, sanitation, health care, schools and other essential services
Women and young girls living in Mathare are particularly affected by lack of adequate access to water and sanitation points which are friendly to women. Not only do women have different physical needs from men but they also have greater need of privacy when using toilet and when bathing. Inadequate toilets and bathrooms as well as the general lack of effective policy and insecurity make women and young girls even more vulnerable to rape and forms of gender based violence.
Violence against women is endemic in Mathare and is rarely reported or punished by law as required. This is contributed is slowing down women and making them poor in the community. For women in abusive relationships, poverty makes it harder to find avenue for an escape. It is therefore important to urgently address the issue of gender based violence in Mathare and it enighbourhoods. – Yvonne