Reflect and discuss: Risk factors and situational triggers in Mercy’s story

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    Anne Ngunjiri

      Our community is still very patriachal – men are viwed as the dominant ones in te househild and community elve, the decision makers. Thus the experiences of Mercy would have been the same, particularly if she live in the informa settlement. However with COVID, we have seen a shift in gendered roles so perhaps that would not be a situational trigger as it was for her, as more and more we see some roles being shared and no longer a contentious issue is relationships.

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      Joan Lanyero

        overall, the risk factors and triggers in Mercy’s story are very similar, only difference would include; harmful traditional practices like widow inheritance, FGM, refusal of sex in marriage, infidelity, loss of jobs or unemployment, religious differences, COVID-19 and its implications, armed conflict e.g formerly the LRA war, encampment due to displacement, lack of ownership of other resources like land – only have access but can not control or own it.


          Mercy would still face individual factors like witnessing violence when young but the society has protective factors like having robust genedr office to handle gender based violence. The trigger factors like shrinking livelihood especially after the onset of Covid-19 will still trigger violence. Lack of employable skill will also affect mercy relationship with her husband.


            There are multiple risks that is experienced across level – agency and inter-personal level and also based on one’s gender – women like Mercy are at high risk, experience in their life time (Mercy witnessed his father beating her mother) and that violence as acceptable behaviour at family and community (believed to be a sign of love) at the level of Mercy husband at agency, he married at young age -pressure of looking after the family, and alcohol abuse also trigger violence. At inter-personal, friends also fuels violence to include lack of social support, poor communication skills that was experienced in Mercy and his husband life and violence was also viewed as acceptable a weapon to disciple wives. Relationship may also contribute to IPV e.g. women asking about how are financial resources are used, men’s failure to provide for the family, puts too much pressure on them and affect their ego.


            Mi comunidad esta en una ciudad, con mayor acceso a oportunidades educativas y laborales, esto contribuye a reducir el riesgo de las mujeres a sufrir violencia, además se cuenta con grupos de apoyo social que defienden los derechos de las mujeres como factor protector. Sin embargo, también predominan los mismos factores determinantes.

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