Somali refugees in Kenya’s Eastleigh area have faced numerous challenges, including violence, discrimination, and limited access to basic services. In recent years, sexual violence has become a significant concern for refugee women and girls. The decision making process for reporting sexual violence is complex and can be influenced by a range of factors, including cultural norms, fear of retaliation, trauma, lack of trust in the justice system, and concerns about stigma and shame (Vu, 2014).
This policy brief aims to address the pressing issue of sexual violence and improve the lives of Somali refugees living in Eastleigh, with a particular focus on enhancing reporting mechanisms. Based on key findings from recent research, it is evident that sexual violence is a prevalent and deeply concerning problem within the Somali refugee community. This brief highlights the challenges faced by survivors in reporting incidents of sexual violence, the cultural barriers that hinder disclosure, and the vulnerability of refugee women in host communities.