My name is Steve Biko and I work with Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK) in Nakuru as a Programmes Officer in one of the projects by the organization seaking to increasing access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and gender-based violence (GBV) support services in the urban and peri urban areas of Nakuru.
I am also the current chairperson for Nakuru GBV Network, which is a loose network of various active organizazions totalling 15 members. This is an open network made up of civil society organizations, faith based organizations, local community based organizations, the general public and officials from the provincial administrative arm of the Government. It was established soon after the 2007/ 2008 post-election violence, mandated to supporting government initiatives aimed at addressing Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Nakuru.
My role as the clusters chair person is to assist in consolidation and coordination of activities of all relevant stakeholder within Nakuru to improve and support prevention and response to Gender Based Violence incidents amongst populations in Nakuru county. We do this by coordinating to avoid duplication of services, initiatives aimed at reducing the level of violence through awareness raising campaigns, community sensitization, capacity building, distribution of information and educational materials and by fostering strong networking and partnerships between member organizations committed to ending gender based violence in Nakuru.
The initiative by PeaceGeeks has enabled us have visibility, since more people can now see the kind of initiative undertaken by the organization in curbing gender violence. Also, however because it is still a young initiave we believe that this platform will enable us share experiences and best practices with the rest of the world. The platform also created by PeaceGeeks will also enable other organizations within the cluster that do not have the ability to showcase what they do through the internet to do so through the working groups website, which is developed by support from PeeceGeeks.
By Steve Biko