A KPMG report has shown that over five billion shillings is lost in the country’s economic output due to domestic violence towards women.
The report shows that in the past year, about half a million female workers have taken time off work after being victims of violence in their homes.
The report said that when they fail to report to work, there is no productivity at work, time is lost and as a result the businesses incur losses.
The study was commissioned by Vodafone and was conducted in 107 countries, where it was established that six percent of working women said that they had witnessed physical abuse or sexual abuse towards fellow working women.
19 percent of women interviewed during the study said that in their lifetime they had witnessed women go through physical and sexual abuse even at their workplace.
According to the survey 15 percent of working women, which translates to about 80 million women in the 107 countries under study reported to have experienced violence.
In the past year, it was established that 1.97 million women have been victims of domestic violence, some experiences leading to women missing work.
During the survey, 38 percent of women who experienced domestic violence said they could not be productive at work and therefore the business they were working for did not perform to expectation.
While domestic violence lowers the profits of the business world, it also negatively impacts women career-wise since they miss out on promotions and an average annual salary of 290,000 shillings ($2,900) per woman is lost.
The report stated that during the survey of 107 countries, Kenya was found to have lesser cases of domestic violence against women as compared to other African countries, but even then, it is among the nine countries where a potential salary of 13 billion dollars is lost annually.
Kenya may be a better African country in terms of domestic violence, but it is something that is still experienced if the recent news headlines of violence that led to the deaths of some of the victims is anything to go by.
Safaricom has devoted itself to help to solving and supporting women who experience this kind of abuse by partnering with a non-governmental organization, Healthcare Association Kenya that operates a Sexual and Gender-Based Violence rapid response call centre.
Safaricom has made the services free for the organization, further enabling quick access of the service to victims, helping them to find quick help in hospitals or police stations.