In a bid honor lives of women lost through femicide a vigil dubbed the “Dark Valentine Vigil” will be held tomorrow at the University of Nairobi from 4 pm to 7 pm.

Media personality Janet Mbugua took to her Instagram page to lobby support for the vigil.

“On Wednesday, there will be a dark Valentine vigil taking place at the University of Nairobi Main Campus from 4 pm to 7 pm,” she wrote.

This vigil will be aimed at push legislative bodies to act on the rising femicide menace in the country.

“With this vigil, the national and county assemblies will be under pressure to read and act upon a previous petition that demands that the government address the rising number of femicide cases in the nation.”

The vigil is expected to also take place in several other locations in the country.

“It is a memorial to our lost sisters meant to put pressure on Parliament and county assemblies opening on February 13, to read and act on our demands to our delivered petition,” Mbugua said.

Despite it being a valentine’s day, she urged Kenyans to turn out in large numbers and offer non-financial support for the movement.

“It might be Valentine’s Day week but there is a darkness that still hovers. This is because many who we should be celebrating love with, are instead being grieved,” Mbugua wrote

She however urged well-wishers to provide candles, water, flowers, handkerchiefs, and other items in support of the vigil.

This vigil comes a month after nonviolent march against femicide  organized by women’s advocacy groups in Kenya to condemn the gruesome murders of women through femicide ,among others, Starlet Wahu and Rita Waeni.

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