Rafiki wa Maendeleo Trust
According to the World Health Organization, one third of women worldwide have experienced violence; the high prevalence of violence is linked with higher rates of HIV infection. This disturbing trend has a profound effect on families, communities and societies as a whole.
In Kenya, a recent study found that 32% of young women aged 18–24 years and 18% of their male counterparts reported experiencing sexual violence before the age of 18. Gender-based violence reduces the bargaining power to negotiate safer sex, stay on treatment, or remain in school. Girls and young women account for 74% of new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. There are 1000 new infections a day.