about us

ABOUT US

Gender-based violence has become a major social issue in Kenya. Recent media reports demonstrate the gravity of gender-based violence in Kenya which has led to loss of lives and limbs for many across the county. So far, from January to June 30 2019, 60 women had been brutally killed in Kenya according to Counting Dead Women mostly by their husbands or romantic partners making violence against women an urgent social issue that needs to be addressed urgently and decisively. According to the Kenya Demographic and Household Survey report 2014 (KDHS), up to 45% of women aged between 15-49 years have experienced physical violence. Within marriages 39 per cent of married women have experienced physical or sexual violence compared to nine per cent of men. Activism for GBV is ongoing in Kenya but is done on an ad hoc basis. This website is a resource to provide information organizations and individuals can use to develop their skills to more effectively advocate for the action on gender violence with well-targeted activities that can be monitored and assessed for effectiveness.

From October 2017 to July 2019, AmplifyChange supported a project with USIU-A lecturers Dr. Dorothy Njoroge and Ms. Robi Koki Ochieng to build the capacity of civil society organizations with strategic advocacy skills to counter gender-based violence (GBV). Over ten civil society and community based organizations benefited from the training involving strategic advocacy planning skills, competencies, tools and resources for effective GBV advocacy in Kenya. This ongoing capacity building intervention resulted actionable advocacy plans ready for roll out. These organizations are now collaborating as a consortium to optimize the impact of their programs. This website will be used to share their work, lessons learned, successes and challenges for the benefit of other activists. Resources provided here will enable these organizations and any other to develop have more robust and structured advocacy that will produce results for the survivors and the nation as a whole.

To equip 3 key civil society organizations that are at the forefront of dealing with gender and GBV issues with strategic advocacy planning skills, competencies, tools and resources for effective GBV advocacy in Kenya. After the capacity building intervention we expect them to have actionable advocacy plans ready for roll out. We also want to build synergy among these organizations so they can collaborate to optimize the impact of their programs. Further we want them to actively utilize the portal to share their work, lessons learned, successes and challenges for the benefit of other activists. We want by the end of it all to have more robust and structured advocacy that will produce results for the survivors and the nation as a whole.

WHO WE ARE

A loose network of individuals who are invested in addressing gender-based violence in all its forms in seeking to advocate for better policies and conscientization of the public about this social crime.
We are a loose network of individuals who are invested in addressing gender-based violence in all its forms in seeking to advocate for better policies and conscientization of the public about this social crime. To do this, our purpose in this undertaking is to continue strengthening the advocacy skills of individuals and organizations at the cutting edge of gender-based violence work in the county so that they can effectively advocate for enforcement of measures to protect and provide essential services to survivors of gender based violence in the country as provided in the Protection Against Domestic Act 2015.
#KnockoutGBVinKenya is a hashtag and a movement to bring together Kenyans to think through and address gender-based violence in their homes, workplaces, public places and wherever it may be found.

WHAT WE DO

The purpose of this project is to strengthen the advocacy skills of officers from CSOs organizations at the cutting edge of gender-based violence work in Nairobi so that they can effectively advocate for enforcement of measures to protect and provide essential services to survivors of gender based violence in the country as provided in the Protection Against Domestic Act 2015. We want by the end of it all to have more robust and structured advocacy that will produce results for the survivors and the nation as a whole.

OUR GOAL

Advocate for the elimination of GBV and for policies to support survivors

OBJECTIVES

• To empower the community to become agents of change on GBV prevention.
• To create awareness and sensitize the public on issues of GBV.
• To strengthen the capacity of different stakeholders to address and prevent GBV.
• To advocate for policy legislative, regulatory frameworks to eliminate GBV.

WHERE WE WORK

Domiciled in Nairobi but available to provide training in other counties

OUR PROJECTS

Institutional strengthening by capacitating civil society organizations in advocacy to advance gender equality especially in elimination of gender-based violence in all its forms. We also want to build synergy among organizations and individuals to collaborate in order to optimize the impact of their programs. Further we want them to actively utilize the website to share their work, lessons learned, successes and challenges for the benefit of other activists.
Our projected activities going forward:
• Research.
• Community dialogues
• Consultative meetings.
• Forums.
• Marking of calendar events.
• Developing and distribution of IEC materials.
• Dissemination forums.
• Social Media campaigns
• Radio shows, ITV, Talk shows, Print Media shows.
• Communication participatory theatres sporting activities.
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