In recognition of the important role that you continue to play in the advancement of human rights and sustainable development in Kenya, you are invited to the “Friends of CREAW Dinner” in support of our Access to Justice Program and help us make a real difference in the lives of women and children who have faced gender based violence. The dinner will be held on Thursday 28th May 2015 from 6.30 – 10.00 pm at the Nairobi Club in Nairobi. Your support in cash and in-kind, will go a long way in helping victims access justice as well as economical empower and get them back on their feet.The prevalence of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Kenya is undeniable. 45% of women aged 15-49 have experienced either physical or sexual violence. Specifically, 25% of women have experienced physical violence, 7 percent have experienced sexual violence, and 14 percent have experienced both physical and sexual violence. Despite these alarming figures, there are low rates of reporting abuse due to stigma, unresponsive and complex criminal justice and judicial systems, shoddy investigations and prosecution of GBV cases which all present significant challenges and add to survivor fatigue. In many cases survivors of violence get tired trying to navigate all the various GBV
services by themselves which include medical, psycho-social services, seeking legal advice and representation, and engaging with the criminal justice system. While some costs incurred in seeking assistance for a survivor are generally subsidized, other costs such as legal advice and representation remain restrictively high unless offered at reduced prices by donor funded NGO’s.
With experience of over 15yrs, CREAW has continuously helped women and children who have suffered from GBV. Part of the services provided to communities is education and sensitization on GBV, medical & psychosocial support to victims of GBV, and assist victims in their efforts to access justice. Thus far, CREAW has walked with our communities in helping to mitigate, prevent and reduce GBV. However, over-reliance on donor funding to support this noble project, has in the recent times proven to be a non-viable mechanism in assisting victims of GBV.