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May 8, 2024by CREAW

CREAW and CRAWN Trust convened a forum to review the proposed Elections and Political Parties Bills.This culminated in developing a joint memorandum that was later submitted to Senate.

The women leaders & advocates therefore presented a joint memorandum to the Senate of Kenya, urging reforms for stronger governance & democracy. Our voices unite for accountability and inclusivity.

Read Memo Here


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March 30, 2024by CREAW
H.E President Ruto presents CREAW’s Executive Director Wangechi Wachira with the Trailblazer Award

 

Before Women’s History month comes to an end, we want to take time celebrate CREAW’s trailblazing efforts to promote Gender Equality. In the heart of the recent International Women’s Day celebrations, held on March 8th, Center for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) was honored with a prestigious Trailblazer Award for its unwavering dedication to advancing gender equality and empowering women. This recognition stands as a testament to the organization’s tireless efforts and significant contributions in championing the rights and voices of women across Kenya.

In the last five years we have achieved significant milestones in empowering women and girls advocating for their rights in Kenya. These achievements include a demonstrated ability to innovate and adapt, highlighted by initiatives such as the Jasiri Fund. This adaptability enabled us to effectively navigate challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, making a tangible impact in communities across the country.

We witnessed a remarkable growth in our programmatic resources, leading to an expansion of our programs. As a result, our sub-granting initiatives strengthened the institutional capacities of empowered more nascent women groups and empowered them to challenge negative social norms and pursue meaningful change at the community level. The establishment of a second SGBV Outreach Center at the Mukuru informal settlements s has ensured access to justice for women and girls who are SGBV survivors and strengthened pathways to economic resilience and recovery.

Furthermore, the launch of the Mukuru Office signifies our increased commitment to addressing SGBV issues within most vulnerable communities. We also established an in-house Public Interest Litigation unit as a foundation to advance legal advocacy and access to justice for survivors victims of SGBV. Through advocacy efforts at both national and county government levels, we played a crucial role in shaping gender-related policies and influencing legal reforms across several Kenyan counties, including Meru, Narok, Kitui, Isiolo, Nairobi, and Nyeri.

The awards were part of the national festivities for International Women’s Day, hosted in Embu County. The event was graced by His Excellency President William Ruto, alongside Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Meru Governor Cecily Mbarire, and numerous other esteemed government officials. The vibrant atmosphere was further enriched by the members from the Meru community, as well as representatives from various state and non-state stakeholders.

Other awardees during the event were First Lady Rachel Ruto, Jackline Saleiyan, Brig Joyce Sitienei, Eunice AJ Dobby, Anne Gloria Njoki, Moraa Obiria, Zipporah Nderitu, Juliana Miheso, Alice Nganga and Governor Gladys Wanga.

CREAW’s recognition as a Trailblazer highlights the critical role it continues to play in catalyzing transformative change and breaking barriers that hinder the full realization of gender equality. Through its multifaceted initiatives, advocacy campaigns, and grassroots programs, CREAW has not only amplified the voices of women but has also pushed for tangible progress towards building a more just and inclusive society for all.

CREAW team celebrating the award

During his address at the event, President Ruto emphasized the significance of these awards, portraying them as a powerful symbol of our collective stride towards fostering a more inclusive and equitable society. Moreover, President Ruto reaffirmed his commitment to pushing for the implementation of the two-thirds gender rule, thereby ensuring that women are accorded more opportunities to assume leadership roles and actively contribute to shaping the nation’s future.

CREAW also had a chance to showcase its work with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the recently launched USAID Elevate Voice Yake program at the event. The program aims to amplify the voices and aspirations of adolescent girls and women to better exercise their right to dignified and meaningful life protected from Sexual Gender Based Violence. This is to be achieved through integrated action by communities, government, private sector and civil society initiatives across 3 counties of Kiambu, Kwale and Meru, by 2026.

Pauline Masese of YCWA, which is an implementing partner of the Elevate Voice Yake showcasing the program to USAID Mission Director for Kenya and East Africa, David Gosney

CREAW’s recognition as a Trailblazer underscores the pivotal role it continues to play in catalyzing transformative change and breaking barriers that hinder the full realization of gender equality. Through its multifaceted initiatives, advocacy campaigns, and grassroots programs, CREAW has not only amplified the voices of women but has also pushed for tangible progress towards building a more just and inclusive society for all.

 

 

 

 

 


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October 8, 2023by CREAW

Christine Malakwen, the chief of Kiasagat location in Trans Nzoia County, has emerged as a beacon of hope for the youth in her community. Through her participation in the Imarisha Msichana training program, she has acquired invaluable skills in protecting and guiding her constituents, particularly in matters concerning sexual and reproductive health. Her dedicated efforts have resulted in a significant reduction in teen pregnancies and the increased reintegration of young mothers into educational institutions.


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September 30, 2023by CREAW

In a move aimed at advancing gender equality and empowering women across Kenya, the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) and the Council of Governors (COG) have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The agreement, signifies a pivotal moment in fostering a collaborative partnership between these institutions and county governments throughout the nation.


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August 18, 2023by CREAW

The Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) was honored on Wednesday, August 16th, at the ongoing 10th Devolution Conference for its strides in promoting gender responsiveness and inclusivity. Standing out among the various institutions, CREAW emerged the winner in the prestigious CHUI category of the Devolution Awards. This category is dedicated to recognizing institutions that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to fostering gender responsiveness and inclusivity across various demographic segments such as youth, women, children, persons with disabilities, older persons, and other vulnerable groups.


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July 7, 2023by CREAW

Millicent Aluoch is a devoted mother of five children living in Mombasa County. Her marriage was tumultuous, with Millicent sometimes seeking refuge at her parents' house, trying to escape the violence and discord in her marriage. Yet, despite the hardships, she found herself going back to her husband, driven by her love for her children and the desire to keep the family together.