Project: Access to justice for victims of violence
Location: Kenya: Kwale, Kajiado and Trans Nzoia
Partner: Federation of Women Lawyers – Kenya (FIDA-K)
Cultural barriers and lack of knowledge about rights are some of the key contributors to discrimination and violence against women in Kenya. Violence against women takes many forms, physical, sexual, psychological and economic, and is heightened by the patriarchal nature of the society. These forms of violence are interrelated and affect women of all ages in the family, community and national levels. Women who experience violence suffer a range of health problems and their ability to participate in public life is diminished.
What Womankind is doing
Womankind is collaborating with our partner FIDA-K to empower women with knowledge and information on their rights in line with the new constitution, enhancing their capacity to respond to issues of violence against women in the Family, Community and Society level in the targeted areas of Kwale, Kajiado and Trans Nzoia.
With our partner we are:
- Training 120 women each year on their rights under the new constitution
- Enabling 960 women survivors and victims of violence each year to access legal aid
- Providing 720 women survivors and victims of violence with psychosocial support services
- Raising awareness of violence against women amongst 3600 constituents of community leaders
What we have achieved so far
The project started in August 2011 – check back for updates in a few months.