There have been some reliable statistics in Kenya showing that there have been rise in wanton defilement, early pregnancy and murder cases in Kenya.
It is something that have captured the attention of public figures like former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Professor Makau Mutua who have spoken out against this nefarious trend.
According to Economic Survey, the defilement cases have been rising since 2017. The report indicated that there were 974 defilement cases in 2017 before doubling in 2018.
There are deep concerns about the rise of cases of early pregnancy in Kenya. It can be argued that parents are not providing sufficient care for their children.
May be the time has come to let social workers to play their role to save our dystopian society. They should come up with initiatives and policies to help in curbing these perennial problems. Our policies should also be rechecked to ensure that it reduces the risk getting involved in these nefarious acts.
Social workers are professionals who aim to enhance overall well-being and help meet basic and complex needs of communities and people.
Social workers should be embraced and empowered in our communities.
Empowering social workers will help in creating and producing a generation with critical mind and capable of addressing the modern social and developmental challenges in a very dynamic globalized world. Social workers will equip our generation with theoretical and practical knowledge critical for policy initiatives and human wellbeing.