Standing with survivors of sexual violence
In 2002, Wangu Kanja was sexually assaulted during a car-jacking in Kenya. But when she went to the police, they refused to take her report seriously. Wangu was determined that no other women should face the same experience. She set up the Wangu Kanja Foundation to support survivors of sexual violence, and help them access the medical, psychological and legal support they need.
Wangu explains: “I couldn’t stand the thought of so many thousands of Kenyan women not even knowing they had the right to stand up for themselves. So I decided to use my experience to help other women.
“‘My body is mine’ is an important message for everyone. To end violence, women and girls must have ownership of their own bodies.”