Kenyans are still recovering from the devastating 2007/2008 post-election violence. Kenya descended into ethnic violence. More than 1,000 people were killed, and 500,000 displaced. Women and girls were the disproportionate victims. While only 900 rapes were reported, an estimated 40,000 sexual and gender-based attacks occurred, in particular rape and gang rape. However, women were also key peacemakers during and after the conflict. At the height of the fighting, 200 women from a Nairobi slum marched through the streets, calling for peaceful resolution. Violence was most severe in the Nakuru region, where ethnic strife is endemic due to land conflicts.
The Nakuru Gender Based Violence (GBV) Network consists of 15 organizations which coordinate to combat gender based violence in the Nakuru region of Kenya. They aim to improve prevention and response services to victims, and support government initiatives to end gender based violence. They organize awareness campaigns, community sensitization programs, capacity building for local communities, civic education programs, and partnerships with groups dedicated to ending gender based violence in Nakuru County.
By partnering with PeaceGeeks, Nakuru GBV Network was able to develop from just having a Facebook page to acquiring its first website, personalized logo, and a community newsletter accessible to all members of the Network, as well as the general public. These technological and communications systems allow the organizations that form the Nakuru GBV Network to work together more effectively. They have also increased the network’s capacity to generate awareness about GBV and related issues, such as HIV/AIDS, women’s rights, sexual exploitation, and abuse.
PeaceGeeks has enabled us have visibility on our work as a network in curbing gender violence. This platform will also enable us share experiences and best practices with the rest of the world and will enable other organizations within the cluster that do not have the ability to showcase their work to the world.
- Website deployment
- Newsletter set-up
- Logo design
- Social media integration
- SMS-based GBV Reporting app
Renee Black - Project Manager - Mina Radivojevic - Graphic Designer
Nakuru Gender-Based Violence Network Contributors
Steve Owaga Biko - Former Chair - Margaret Muchendu - Board Secretary