24 June 2003

Kenya: Home for Battered Women Re-Opened

Nairobi — Women's Rights Awareness Programme (Wrap) has re-opened its One Stop Emergency Shelter for battered and violated women and children that was closed down last August. Wrap Director Ann Ngugi said the home for battered women was established in 1994 but was closed down last year due to lack of funds.

"We had inadequate funds for the One Stop's running costs like rent, electricity, telephone, water, food and security," said Ngugi.

She said since then, Wrap has been operating the main shelter at the risk of clients being pursued by their perpetrators. Ngugi said their efforts to re-open the home came after they received a donation of Sh513,146.65 from the organisers of V-Day, Nairobi 2003, through the proceeds of the benefit performance of The Vagina Monologue.

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