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Meet Wangu. Wangu is the founder of the Wangu Kanja Foundation, which supports survivors of sexual abuse and works to prevent gender-based violence in Kenya. In 2002, Wangu was car-jacked and sexually assaulted in Nairobi. When she reported the assault, she wasn’t taken seriously by police and her attackers were never brought to justice.
Wangu decided to stand up and use her experience to help other women. In 2005 she founded The Wangu Kanja Foundation, a partner of ActionAid, which helps survivors of violence access proper medical support, counselling and legal advice. The Wangu Kanja Foundation works with a team of volunteers and runs a free SMS service in the Mukuru slum in Nairobi, by which people in Mukuru, and across Kenya, can report cases of violence against them. Survivors are then helped to access essential services, such as fair treatment from the police, medical attention and legal assistance.
Page updated 21 November 2023