Gender/Domestic Violence is a reality in our homes today and most of these cases go unreported hence perpetrators repeatedly abuse the victims until such a time it becomes fatal. Everyones wish is to be raised in a non-abusive, loving home but not all of us get such a chance. Physical, mental and psychological torture has an adverse effect in the growth of a child or a family in general.
This is the issue we wanted to highlight when we teamed up with Kate Waititu of Kanai Beauties to create a series of images for the Gender Violence Recovery Centre (GVRC) which is a non-profit making, non-partisan; charitable trust of the Nairobi Women’s Hospital (NWH).
GVRC’s main purpose is to bring back meaning to survivor’s lives and their families where they do this through the provision of FREE medical treatment and psychosocial support to survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and engaging the public in advocacy issues and primary prevention of abuse.
Domestic violence is defined as “the wilful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behaviour as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse.” When you look at the sobering statistics about the state of domestic violence in Kenya, its clear that very real threat in the Kenyan household.
I, personally having witnessed abuse of a child back in August 2014 where the perpetrator is still walking scot free, I am happy that I can finally be part of a campaign to help create awareness about this issue.
In Kate's own words; "I was glad to team up with Pekat photography and be part of this campaign which is dear to my heart. I had grown up in an abusive environment and I know how that can affect a child. It’s an environment that is unpredictable, filled with tension and anxiety and dominated by fear, a life I can’t wish for any child to go through.
For the makeup looks we did a black eye look for the ‘Mom’ to show that she had been previously assaulted by the husband, and for the child we did a split lip indicating she had been previously hit by the father."
Our primary theme of this shoot was to showcase a typical chaotic household with an 8 years old child who is directly or indirectly being affected by all these. To achieve that, we had to use a talent who would help us enact such a situation, with the support of other characters i.e 'Mum', relatively authoritative 'husband' who is of old age. We can't burry our heads in the sand and say that very young women aren't getting married to old men and thats why we used male and female talents with a wide age gap. However, the age of mom and two children had to be consistent and believable thats why we settled with middle aged mum, 8 year old child and another one year old.
Peter Pekat- Producer
Beata Otieno (Ojwa Styling)- Stylist
Kate Waititu (Kanai Beauties) - Makeup Artist
Betty Mukiri - Makeup Assistant
Gonzanga Gonza- Guest Assistant
Pro Tisa - Props
Location: Farm Houz, Muguga
“It is seldom that domestic violence is an isolated episode; rather it is comprised of a number of episodes over an extended period of time.”
― Asa Don Brown
Text By: Patrick Kamau