Men Against Gender-Based Violence

A woman from Kibera Nairobi holds a simplified version of the sexual offences Act ( Kenya) which was passed in 2006./PHOTO by Women eNews Kenya

Nairobi, 9 November, 2011 – A Kenyan Non Governmental Organization working Centre for Rights Education and Awareness( CREAW) which works to empower women and expand new frontiers for women rights has launched the second phase of a USAID/Kenya funded Gender Based Violence outreach project  in Kibera, Nairobi.

The three year project seeks to raise awareness on sexual offenses act of 2006 and also bring on board men in eliminating Gender-Based Violence (GBV) with Kenya’s largest slum, Kibera.

The event at Kibera’s District Commissioner’s was attended by Mrs. Judy Gration (wife of U.S. Ambassador to Kenya- Amb. Scott Gration) as well as CREAW officials led by Judy Thongori – CREAW Board Chairperson and renown Family lawyer.

The second phase will address implementation gaps identified in the first phase including male involvement in GBV mitigation, weak linkages among partners working on GBV and alack of properly coordinated management system.

Speaking during the launch, CREAW’s Executive chairperson Ann Njogu,  congratulated men who have come out to stop violence against women and encouraged them to continue fighting against such vices, she a;sp presented awards to individuals and institutions committed to eliminating all forms of gender based violence.

Men, including administrators and a community media were awarded.

Kibera’s James Agumba, a community based advocate against Gender Based Violence receives an award from Judy Thongori – CREAW Board Chairperson for his work at community level/PHOTO By Women eNews Kenya

Through USAID Kenya support, Centre for Rights Education and Awareness( CREAW) will implement the Kibera Gender-Based Violence (GBV) project, and respond to GBV violence in the Kibera slums.

According to research, at least one in three women in Kenya has experienced gender-based violence at least once in her life. The goal of the Kibera GBV project is to help victims and survivors get the assistance they need and to combat GBV by changing attitudes and behavior.

The project builds on the Sexual Offences Act of 2006, which aims to increase community capacity to better prevent and respond to GBV. CREAW has received a $600,000 grant to roll out the project.

in implementing this project, CREAW will work with government, civil society, religious leaders, and community members to coordinate expertise, resources, and efforts to address GBV.

Mrs. Judy Gration (wife of U.S. Ambassador to Kenya- Amb. Scott Gration) and Gina Din Kariuki during the Launch of Kibera Gender-Based Violence Project by USAID Kenya & the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW)/ PHOTO By Women eNews Kenya

Through community outreach activities, the project is expected to reach 200,000 people. Among them, over 2,000 women and children will have access to a “One-Stop Shop” service linking them to medical care, legal assistance, counseling, and safe houses, while males will be trained to serve as community champions in preventing GBV.

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