Gender justice is the basic motivation in the push for the human rights of women and children. In this regard, the media has a duty to serve as society's watchdog on gender justice.
We recognize the need to address gender justice with respect to the representation of women in governance, and ensure that legislation and public policies resonate better with their issues and priorities.
We work to sustain awareness of gender equity and equality as critical issues for human rights, good governance and development.
Complex challenges at the national and county level continue to threaten the safety and security of communities and undermine sustainable development objectives.
Since 2002, Kenya has been implementing wide ranging security sector reforms through robust legislation, institutions and infrastructure for enhancing delivery of security and policing services. This has included the establishment of important new institutions to promote more accountable and effective delivery of public services. It has also included the adoption of a devolved system of government, with the establishment each with their own government structure.
The Improving Community Security (ICS) programme will build on the achievements of improved legislation, police accountability, and new conflict and security architecture at the county level, to provide a more people-centred, long-term approach to peacebuilding, police reform and community security. The programme intends to reduce levels of criminal violence, inter- communal violence, and violence against women and girls, by working with authorities, service providers and civil society at the national and county levels. With a focus on data collection and the use of statistics, the programme will measure the impact of this programming and will disseminate the lessons learned.
AWC's role in this project will be to:
Project Duration: April 2016 - December 2017
The first phase of the Peace Initiative Kenya (PIK) Project was started in 2012 and ended in June after the 2013 General Elections.
The second phase of the project started in October 2013 and will run until September 2015.
PIK aims to support prevention of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and improving the current GBV response frameworks at the national and local levels.
The PIK project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) together with local partners; Coalition on Violence against Women (COVAW), Rural Women's Peace Link (RWPL), Sauti ya Wanawake - Pwani, Health Care Assistance Kenya (HAK) through GBV Hotline 1195 and African Woman & Child Feature Service
The Project covers 9 counties
The project aimed at enhancing the role of women in peace, security & development in Kenya first through the enhancement of women’s representation in local and national governance, especially on issues as critical as peace and security and secondly through increasing of women’s access to agency.
The objectives of the project were:
Some of the completed activities include:
ENHANCING WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND ACCESS TO LAND AND PROPERTY IN LINE WITH THE NEW CONSTITUTION
African Woman and Child Feature Service undertook to carry out the project: Media Based Advocacy to Enhance Women’s Rights and Access to land and Property in Line with Kenya’s New Constitution because of the realization that there is need to create awareness among men and women alike, as there is a glaring lack of gender and human rights awareness of the serious repercussions that the denial of women’s rights continue to have and of the possible strategies towards actual implementation of these rights on the ground. In addition, many women do not have information, confidence, experience and resources to obtain what they are legally entitled to.
That women lack sufficient knowledge about the rights they have under the law to own land and property. Rural, illiterate women do not even have access to the new constitution which guarantees them these rights. There is need for a continuous nationwide public education and civic information program to confront cultural barriers and practices that impede women’s access to land and property rights. If the application of the constitutional provisions that guarantees equitable access to land and property is not handled appropriately, domestic violence may escalate, families may break up and violence may increase significantly within families and communities.
The project goal was anchored in the rationale that there is need to enhance the full realization of women’s land rights is a long-term process and that advocacy and education and the role of the media is key in support of women’s land rights is crucial, given the deep-rooted cultural norms and practices which underlie discrimination in land tenure.
Project Duration: May - December 2011