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Nakuru Gender-Based Violence Network

Crisis Overview

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.

What They Do

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.

Our Impact

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.

Deliverables Summary
  • Website deployment
  • Hosting
  • Training
  • Newsletter set-up
  • Logo design
  • Social media integration
  • SMS-based GBV Reporting app

PeaceGeeks Contributors

Renee Black - Project Manager - Mina Radivojevic - Graphic Designer

Nakuru Gender-Based Violence Network Contributors

Steve Owaga Biko - Former Chair - Margaret Muchendu - Board Secretary

Nakuru Gender-Based Violence Network

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

Mar 7, 2014
Category: Testimonial
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