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July 12, 2021by CREAW

CREAW’s CALL #2 FOR CONCEPT NOTES 

CALL REFERENCE: CREAW/WVL/CFC/2/2021                       

FUNDING TO WOMEN LED ORGANIZATIONS 2021-2023. 

WOMEN’S VOICE AND LEADERSHIP – KENYA (WVL) PROJECT 

CALL TITLE: STRENGTHENING THE GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT AND PROGRAMMING CAPACITIES OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS (WROs) IN KENYA

Please read these guidelines carefully before you submit your Concept Note. CREAW reserves the right to reject Concept Notes that are not fully completed or do not meet the set eligibility criteria.

Grant Application Opening Date: 12th July, 2021

Grant Application Closing Date: 12th  August, 2021

  1. Background

The Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) is a feminist national nongovernmental organization whose vision is a just society where women and girls enjoy full rights and live in dignity. For more than 20 years CREAW has continued to champion, expand and actualize women’s and girl’s rights and social justice through advocating for shifts in legislation and policies that promote and protect women’s and girl’s rights, as well as building the capacity of women to demand for these rights.

The Kenyan civic space has been thought to be steadily shrinking over the years and a number of factors have contributed to this status quo. These factors include the enactment of policy and legal frameworks that limit the autonomy of non-governmental organizations to effectively operate, the categorization of Kenya as a middle-income country resulting in the reduction and or reprioritization of funding for interventions that protect, promote and champion the rights of women and girls.

The women rights organizations have been the worst affected with this emerging trend in funding. Many development partners who traditionally directly funded women’s rights institutions have opted for an approach that funds components of women rights work within  larger programs and within organizations that are not women led and or women rights organizations

With funding from Global Affairs Canada, CARE International, Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW), Uraia Trust, Community Advocacy and Awareness (CRAWN) Trust, and Urgent Action Fund Africa (UAF Africa) are implementing the Women’s Voice and Leadership (WVL) Project whose goal is to strengthen the institutional capacities and activities of county, regional and national women’s rights organizations seeking to empower women and girls advance the protection of women’s and girls’ rights and achieve gender equality. 

  1. Introduction to Women Voice and Leadership Program (WVL).

The WVL is a five-year project that aims to strengthen institutional capacity and interventions of local/ grassroots women rights organizations seeking to empower women and girls to realize their rights and achieve gender equality.   The WVL  project  defines women’s rights organizations (WROs)  as  civil society organizations active at the grassroots, county, national, or regional level, with an overt women’s or girls’ rights, gender equality or feminist  purpose,  and  play  a  central  role  in  spearheading  change  in  support  of  the empowerment  of  women  and  girls,  increasing  their  agency  to  support  vulnerable  and marginalized women and girls contributing to gender equality.

 

2.1 Project outcomes:

The WVL Project aims to achieve the following Intermediate outcomes:

  1. Improved management and sustainability of local women’s rights organizations.
  2. Enhanced performance of women’ rights organization’s programming and advocacy to advance gender equality and empower women and girls.
  3. Increased effectiveness of national and sub-national women’s rights platforms, networks and alliances to affect policy, legal and social change.

 

The Call has the following broad immediate outcomes:

  1. Increased ability of WROs to create missions, visions and strategic plans that are clear and aligned with priority needs of women and girls.
  2. Increased ability of WRO leaders to make transparent, accountable, sustainable decisions, and to manage internal and external risks
  3. Increased ability of WROs to create, monitor and improve basic organizational processes and systems (Resource mobilization, External relations management, HR etc.).
  4. Strengthened ability of WROs to reach grassroots constituents with high quality services and support to claim rights.
  5. Strengthened ability of WROs to undertake policy and advocacy activities as identified by strategic plan and their constituency.

In order to achieve the above immediate outcomes, CREAW Second granting call under the WVL programme will provide support through:

  1. Awarding of initial two-year grants to Women’s Rights Organizations.
  2. Institutional capacity building support to Women Rights Organizations.
  1. Focus of the call for concepts
  1. Under this project, CREAW is responsible for providing Institutional capacity strengthening and project funding for grassroots women rights organizations that work in Isiolo, Bomet, Kericho, Kajiado, Kiambu, Mombasa, Kwale, Tharaka Nithi, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, Tana river, Laikipia ,Embu, Machakos, Kisumu.

It is in this regard that CREAW issues this call for concepts and is inviting grassroots women rights organizations and groups in the target areas to apply for support.

The call will prioritize applications under any or all of the following:

  1. Projects that support institutional capacity strengthening
  2. Projects that support interventions around gender equality

 

3.1 Eligible Activities 

The following are examples of activities that may be considered for funding under each category

I. Projects that support institutional capacity strengthening for example (non-exhaustive list):

  • Development of strategic plans
  • Setting up or improving financial management systems
  • Setting up and or strengthening of governance structures within the organization (Board selection, training, manuals)
  • Development or improvements in institution policies around human resource, financial management, sexual harassment, gender equality,
  • Development of gender strategy documents such as advocacy, communication, research, sustainability strategies.

II. Projects that support interventions around gender equality outcomes for example (non-exhaustive list):

  • Advocacy activities intended to influence action by communities and or nonstate actors around gender equality.
  • Community dialogues and outreach as part of a wider advocacy strategy
  • Sensitization and or training of gender equality champions (men women boys and girls
  • Activities that support access to rights, justice and participation for women and adolescent girls
  • Activities that support access to economic empowerment, food security and resilience, health and Livelihoods activities for women and girls.

 

3.2 Ineligible Activities:

  • Project that have only one-off activities that do not contribute to a larger outcome or objective around gender equality.
  • Projects concerned only or mainly with individual sponsorships for participation in workshops, seminars, conferences, congresses;
  • Projects concerned only or mainly with individual scholarships for studies or training courses;
  • One-off workshops, conferences and seminars: they can only be funded if they form part of a wider range of activities to be implemented in the lifetime of the project.
  • Credit or loan schemes
  • Debts and provisions for losses or debts
  • Projects which consist exclusively or primarily in capital expenditure which does not contribute to the sustainability or interventions of the organization
  • Projects which discriminate against individuals or groups of people on grounds of their gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or lack of them, or their ethnic origin
  • Project which support terrorism or terrorist related activities.
  • Scholarships, sponsorships and school fees
  • Cash donations
  • Political party and religious activities.

 

  1. Indicative allocation of funds by the Call 

The overall indicative amount made available under this Call is USD 15,000 per grant for an initial grant up to 2 years (with possibility to increase/extend later). Applicants can apply under one or both of the categories provided in the table below however the maximum grant per applicant will remain a total of 15,000 USD. The following is a breakdown of allocations for each Category:

Result    
Category   
   
Indicative   Total Budget Available   
   
Number   of Grants   
   
Indicative   Allocation per Grant   
   
Time   frame   
   
Project Duration (years)   
Projects that support institutional capacity strengthening 7,500   USD August   2021 to July 2023 2
Projects that support interventions around gender equality 7,500 USD August 2021 to   July 2023 2
THE WVL PROJECT IN THIS SECOND ROUND WILL ONLY AWARD A TOTAL OF 12 GRANTS FOR THE PERIOD 2021 -2023.
  1. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

There are three sets of eligibility criteria, relating to:

  • applicant(s) which may request a grant (5.1)
  • projects for which a grant may be awarded (5.2);
  • types of cost which may be taken into account in setting the amount of the grant (5.3)

5.1 Eligibility of Applicants: who may apply? 

The following categories of applicants are eligible to apply for funding under this call:

  • Small, emerging grassroots women and girl led groups, gender non- conforming, PLWD,PLHIV organizations with little or no access to funding from larger donors.
  1. Must be WROs that are women led – meaning having a Director / head who is female; OR Gender non – conforming people, meaning having a Director/ Head who is female or gender non-conforming.
  2. Must have  a  core  focus  on  promoting  the  socio-economic  and  political  rights  of women and girls and gender non – conforming groups.
  3. Must be non-government, non-political and not-for-profit (non-commercial) entity.
  4. Must have existed for at least one year.
  5. Must have an active board of directors, governors or advisors and at least half of the board members must be female or gender non-conforming.
  6. Must have at least 2/3 of staff, volunteers, or members who are women or girls or gender non-conforming.
  7. Must be an organisation that targets women and girls or gender non – conforming groups as the main beneficiaries.
  8. Must be an organization that can demonstrate, through its activities and actions, a belief in the full realization of women’s and girls’ empowerment and gender non- conforming individuals.
  9. The organization’s current mission, values, and the profile of the activities that it is currently implementing, is focused on addressing gender inequalities.
  10. The main  focus  of  the  organizations’  activities  and  results  is  on  making systematic changes to  sustainably improve women’s and girls’ lives, and gender non – conforming groups including by engaging men and boys.
  11. Evidence of formal existence of the organization.
  12. Proof of previous works done around women’s rights. Testaments e.g.  Chiefs, community elders etc.
  • Women and girl led groups and organizations based in any of the 10 counties of Kenya proposed for this Second  call (Isiolo, Bomet, Kericho, Kajiado, Kiambu, Mombasa, Kwale, Tharaka Nithi, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, Tana river, Laikipia ,Embu, Machakos, Kisumu) especially  those  working  in  or  located  in  remote  and  underserved
  • Women and girl led groups and organizations whose annual budget (if they have funding) is not more than 50,000 USD.
  • Women and girl led groups and organizations who have been in existence for at least 1 Year.

Please note, even small emerging grassroots women and girl led and gender non- conforming women led WROs with currently  little  or  no  access  to  funding  from  larger  donors  are  encouraged  to  apply. Women/girl-led organizations working on women’s rights issues that are made up of and/or working with socially excluded and disadvantaged women and girls who include but are not limited to; refugees, ethnic minorities, rural women, urban disadvantaged, women and girls living  with  disability,  HIV  and  AIDS,  sexual  minorities,  and  sex  workers   are  particularly encouraged to apply.

 

5.2. Eligible themes / topics

Eligible organizations may submit a Concept Note on any theme as long as it relates to the rights of women and girls and gender non- conforming groups. Funds may be used to implement activities, conduct advocacy, to build the strength of  the  organization  itself,  and  /  or  improve  the  capacity  of  its  staff  / volunteers / members.

5.3 Duration

The planned duration of a project is a maximum of 24 months. The planned duration of the initial project grant is a maximum of 24 months.

5.4 Types of projects

  • All applications must indicate which category they fall under and which outcome areas under section 2.1 the application is contributing to.
  • An application may seek to contribute to outcome areas that are under both categories provided the entire amount requested for does not exceed the maximum limit provided per category. Also, the work should be it is about taking gender transformative approaches and tackling women’s rights, challenging gender norms etc.

5.5 Number of applications per applicant

An applicant must submit only one Concept Note under this Call. 

5.6 GEOGRAPHICAL COVERAGE

  1. Projects should take place only in Kenya in the targeted counties of this call ( Isiolo, Bomet, Kericho, Kajiado, Kiambu, Mombasa, Kwale, Tharaka Nithi, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, Tana river, Laikipia ,Embu, Machakos, Kisumu.) especially those working in or located in remote and underserved areas.

5.7 Eligible Costs; Cost which may be taken into consideration for the grant

Only “eligible costs” can be taken into account for a grant. The categories of costs considered as eligible and non-eligible are indicated below.

5.7.1 Eligible Costs  Eligible costs under the Call will include: 

  1. Cost related to implementation of activities, advocacy, capacity building
  2. Personnel costs:

iii. Equipment.

  1. Office Rent, utilities, communication etc.
  2. Transportation
  3. Other costs that will support and strengthen the organization

5.7.2 Ineligible costs

The following costs are not eligible:

  • Debts and provisions for losses or debts;
  • Interest owed;
  • Items already financed in another framework;
  • Purchases of land or buildings, except where necessary for the direct implementation of the project, in which case ownership must be transferred to the final beneficiaries and/or local partners, at the latest by the end of the project;
  • Currency exchange losses;
  • Taxes, including VAT, unless the Beneficiary (or the Beneficiary’s partners) cannot reclaim them and the applicable regulations do not forbid coverage of taxes;
  • Credit to third parties.

6.0 ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION PROCEDURES

  • First level assessment (Administrative /Compliance) check

The concept notes will undergo the first level assessment determining whether they meet the eligibility criteria above. Those that do not meet the criteria above will be disqualified at this level.

  • Second Level assessment – (Evaluation of concept notes)

The Concept notes that pass the first level assessment will be evaluated by a team of evaluators drawn from the partners participating in the WVL project: CARE, CREAW, CRAWN  Trust, and Uraia Trust, based on the scoring criteria matrix provided under Annex 1 – Concept Evaluation/Scoring Grid.

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. Institutional capacity of the organization to implement its proposed concept note.
  2. Extent of the organization’s focus on women’s and girls’ rights, gender non -conforming individuals rights and services.
  3. Must be an organization that can demonstrate, through its activities and actions:
  4. A belief in the full realization of women’s and girls’ and gender non- conforming services and human rights.
  5. The main focus of the organizations activities and results is on making systematic changes to sustainably improve women’s and girls’ lives, gender non- conforming individuals, including by engaging men and boys.
  6. Quality and quantity of experience in doing activities on promoting women and girls’, gender non – conforming issues and rights.
  7. Quality of concept note submitted (clarity of problem statement, goals, objectives, activities, link between problem statement and proposed objectives/activities).
  8. Potential for sustainable impact.
  9. Reasonable costing of budgeted items.
  10. Value-for-money.
  11. Demonstrate ability to stay through the life of the project.
  1. HOW TO APPLY AND THE PROCEDURES TO FOLLOW

7.1 Application form

  • Applications must be submitted in accordance with the instructions on the concept note template attached to this call for concepts (attached below). Applicants will be expected to submit a concept paper and indicative budget submitted with relevant supporting documents.
  • All applications must be in English.
  • Hand-written applications will not be accepted.
  • Any error or major discrepancy related to the points listed in the instructions on the Concept may lead to the rejection of the application.
  • Please note that only the application form and the required annexes ( budget template, concept note) will be evaluated. It is therefore of utmost importance that these documents contain ALL relevant information concerning the project. No additional annexes should be sent apart from those requested.

 

6.2 Where and how to send the Applications. 

Applicants should verify that their application is complete using the checklist attached to the grant application form. Incomplete applications may be rejected.

For organizations submitting hard copies:

  • The complete application form (Annex A: Concept Note), must be submitted in one original bound and stamped.
  • The outer envelope must bear the reference number and the title of the call for Concept Notes, together with the title, the full name and address of the applicant, and the words “Not to be opened before the opening session”.

Applications should be submitted in either a sealed envelope by registered mail, private courier service or by hand-delivery (a signed and dated certificate of receipt will be given to the deliverer).

The Project Manager
Centre for Rights Education and Awareness – CREAW
Elgeyo Marakwet Close off Elgeyo Marakwet Road, Hse No. 1 (on the Left), Kilimani.
P.O. Box 35470 – 00100, Nairobi, Kenya.

Google Maps: CREAW Kenya – Headquarters

Applicants must verify that their application is complete using the checklist attached to the grant application form. Incomplete applications may be rejected.

For organizations submitting through the portal or email submissions: 

      • The subject line should mention “Not to be opened before the opening session”. The reference number and the title of the call for Concept Notes, together with the title, the full name and address of the applicant, should be included in the email.
      • The submission email should be 5MB or less. If you have several attachments making the submission more than 5MB, you can send the submission in several emails one after the other.
      • For any questions on the call, please refer to CREAW’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAPQs) about the WVL Call found in the CREAW website, or write an email through the following email address:
      • [email protected].
      • All common questions received would be added to the Frequently Asked Questions document. The queries will be responded to within 48 working hours or Tel +254 720 357 664 (Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm).
      • CREAW accepts queries on the Call up to the 12th August 2021. Note: Each organization can only submit one application. Applicants must use the concept note template and budget notes template provided. The concept note template is available on the CREAW website
To Apply Click Here:  Call-For-Proposals-WVL-Kenya – Application

 

6.3 Deadline for Submission of Applications 

The deadline for the submission of applications is 12th August 2021  as evidenced by the date of dispatch, the postmark or the date of the deposit slip. In the case of hand-deliveries, the deadline for receipt is at 17.00 hours (5pm) Kenyan Time as evidenced by the signed and dated receipt. Any application submitted after the deadline will be automatically rejected.

Submission deadline:

12 August 2021 – 17.00 pm EAT

 

6.4. Feedback on applications

The successful applicants under this call will be contacted by the CREAW secretariat directly by 12th of October 2021 and advised about the success of their application and next steps. Depending on number of applications received it may not be possible to communicate a decision to all the unsuccessful applicants.

The information on successful applicants will be published on CREAW’s website and all social media and relevant community media platforms. It will also be electronically circulated to CREAW’s networks with the list of successful applicants made available with all annexes at CREAW’s headquarters, satellite and regional offices, at partner institutions and or state offices such as local chiefs in the target areas.

 

Annex 1: EVALUATION CRITERIA/SCORING MATRIX

1. Operational   capacity Score
 1.1   Does the applicant have adequate representation of women (or gender   non-conforming people) in the organization’s staff team, leadership or  Governance team? 5
 1.2.   Does the applicant have sufficient management capacity? (Including staff,   equipment and ability to handle the budget for the action/project?) 10
1.3   Is the organization made up of and/or working with socially excluded and   disadvantaged women and girls or gender non-conforming individuals who   include but are not limited to; refugees, ethnic minorities, rural women,   urban disadvantaged, women and girls living    with disability, HIV    and AIDS, sexual    minorities, or sex    workers? 5
2. Relevance of   the action Score
2.1 How relevant is the proposal to the objectives and priorities of the Call for Proposals?    10
2.2   Extent of the organization’s focus    on women’s and girls’ rights   and services, can demonstrate, through its activities and actions, a    belief in the    full realization of women’s and   girls’ or gender non-conforming people’s human rights; a focus on transforming gender    inequalities and making   systematic changes to sustainably improve women’s and girls’ or gender   non-conforming people’s lives,    (which may also include by engaging men and boys) 20
3. Quality of   the project proposal Score
 3.1   Are the activities proposed appropriate, practical, inclusive, and consistent   with the expected results? 10
3.2 Quality    and quantity of    experience in doing activities,    awareness-raising or advocacy   on women’s, girl’s or LGBTI issues and rights  5
 3.3   What is the presence/reach of the Organization in the county it serves. 5
3.4   What is the Quality of Concept Note submitted promising approaches to advance   gender equality 5
3.5   What is the degree of sustainability of the expected results? 5
4. Budget and   cost-effectiveness of the action Score
   4.1   Reasonable costing of budgeted items 5
   4.2   Past experience managing    similar size of grant 5
   4.3   Value-for-money 10
  5.   Total score and recommendations     Score   
1 Operational capacity 20
2 Relevance of the action 30
3 Quality of the project proposal 30
 4 Budget and cost-effectiveness of the   action 20
Total
100

 

Requisite Documents

 

WVLG Call for concepts Women’s Voice and Leadership (WVL) Project – Call 2 – Brief
WVLG Call for concepts Women’s Voice and Leadership (WVL) Project – Call 2 (Final)
WVLG concepts note Template
Budget Development Guidance Notes
Budget Guiding Notes Template

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April 28, 2021by CREAW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
28 April 2021

#Sitanyamazishwa: Constitutional Petition in the Employment and Labour Relations Court seeking redress for the violation of a former employee’s constitutional rights and sexual harassment

On 28 April 2021, the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) and the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa have filed a petition for redress against RILEY SERVICES LTD to seek amends for violation of her Constitutional rights and sexual harassment.

Case background

In February 2018, a woman who was working as a security guard at Riley Security Services was sexually harassed by a senior manager in the building where she was assigned to guard. Riley Security Services was a service provider assigned to the Harambee Sacco Plaza. She reported the incident to the Head of Security in the building who advised her to report to her employer and the police. She reported the matter to the police who kept the matter pending under investigation. She further reported the incident to her employer who did not take any steps to provide amends for the violation she had endured. She was subsequently moved from her workplace, together with all the guards she was supervising, and was assigned administrative duties and her salary was reduced.  Despite various pleas for redress, the employer only frustrated her and eventually asked her to leave employment.

Argument summary

A Constitutional Petition has been brought forward in the Employment and Labour Relations Court seeking redress for the violation of her rights. She seeks the horizontal application of her constitutional rights against her employer. Furthermore, the application seeks to expand the applicability of the law on sexual harassment to other persons within the employer’s control, even if not its employees. The petition seeks to ask the court to determine whether the employer and the alleged perpetrator failed to protect and uphold employee’s fundamental rights particularly, the right to equality and freedom from discrimination, right to human dignity, right to fair labour practices, and the right to fair administrative action.

“We believe that this case is not just about the violation of the client’s human rights but about the fiduciary responsibility of organisation’s to ensure the safety of their employees from sexual harassment from their clients”, said Advocate Beatrice Njeri

Case practice

The Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) is acting as advisors to counsel to the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) as part of the women’s economic and social rights programmatic intervention. CREAW is a national feminist women’s rights Non-Governmental Organization whose vision is to contribute to a just society where women and girls enjoy their full rights and live in dignity. Their mission is to champion, expand and actualize women’s and girls’ rights and social justice. In all proceedings, ISLA and CREAW will be represented by Advocate Beatrice Njeri who will be working with an alumnus of ISLA’s Feminist Litigation Network (FLN) Advocate Carolene Kituku. The case will be filed on Wednesday, 28 April 2021 in the Court of Kenya at the Nairobi Milimani Law Courts.

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Join the conversation on social media by following:

Twitter: @ISLAfrica @CREAWKENYA
Facebook: @ISLAfrica @CREAWKENYA

Hashtag: #Sitanyamazishwa #WhoProtectsUs

 

For further enquiries kindly contact:

Beatrice Njeri
Tel: +254 720 230 206
Email: [email protected]

Carolene Kituku
Counsel for ISLA and CREAW
Tel: +254 71 026 1408
Email: [email protected]

Christine Ogutu
Communications Officer  CREAW).
Cell: +254 724 961 386
Email: [email protected]

#Sitanyamazishwa #WhoProtectsUs



April 7, 2021by CREAW

One week ago, the public were shocked by the disdainful comments made by former Homeboyz Radio Station presenters during a breakfast show aired on 25th of March, 2021. The comments condoned gender-based violence and placed the survivor at fault.

When a woman, or indeed, any other person survives gender-based violence, they expect empathy and justice and not blame, shame and stigma meant to further re-traumatize and stifle their voices into silence. Public broadcasting stations must not be used as a platform to victim shame. We call on Home Boyz and all broadcasting stations to take note of the Constitutional provision that requires the media to be responsible in their coverage of matters that touch on the safety, security and wellbeing of women and girls.

In the wake of the Home Boyz experience, we demand that all media houses adopt gender and zero violence tolerance policies that categorically provide for redress of violations, address gender biases and provide for balanced news reportage and media content.

Homeboyz situation is not an isolated case. In recent times sexism and misogynistic conversations have openly supported, made jokes, or sensationalized violence against women and girls, often diverting public attention from the perpetrators of such acts or not holding them accountable for their actions. Such actions only serve to perpetuate misogyny and discourages many victims from reporting cases of violence out of fear that they might be blamed for the harm meted on them or further victimized.

Any actions that promote or justify sexual violence do not stem sexual harassment and violence nationally. The mass media must play its role in eradicating the silent pandemic. During the corona pandemic, GBV cases have increased by 42 per cent. In this country, 47 per cent of women compared to three per cent men experience some form of Gender Based Violence. This violence also costs Kenya at Ksh 29 billion annually.
While supporting the rapid actions taken by the East African Breweries, Radio Africa Group management and the Communication Authority of Kenya, we urge the mass media industry to take up their critical and powerful role of promoting and protecting human rights.

Further, we call upon the media industry to:

  1. Put in place clear policies and guidelines for reporting sexual, gender and human rights violations. Where these are already in place, they should be implemented, and all members of staff made aware that they exist;
  2. Put in place accountability frameworks that address perpetrators and protect victims.
  3. Institutionalize strong reporting mechanisms devoid of victimization;
  4. Allocate sufficient resources to train/orient media employees on gender sensitive reporting, human rights and on the implications of GBV;

We stand ready to work with media houses in Kenya to boost their responsibility in reporting on human rights violations and sensitize presenters/hosts on gender responsive broadcasting. We note that the issues surrounding the incident are layered and will require numerous actors to address and this, therefore, offers an impetus for accelerated efforts on the same.

This statement has been issued by four human rights organizations namely Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW), Amnesty International Kenya, Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) and the Center for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW).

COVAW is an organization that focuses on influencing sustained engagement on violations conducted against women and girls in Kenya, with a focus on Gender Based Violence.

Amnesty International Kenya is an organization dedicated to securing human rights all over the world. Amnesty International Kenya works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth, and dignity are denied.

AMWIK is a non-profit membership organization for women journalists and communicators in Kenya. AMWIK is committed to enhancing the status of women in Kenya and Africa. AMWIK seeks to use the media to promote an informed and gender responsive society through a professional and transformative media in Kenya and Africa.

CREAW is a duly registered, national feminist women’s rights non-governmental organization whose vision is a just society where women and girls enjoy full rights and live in dignity.

Ms Wairimu Munyinyi Wahome – COVAW
Dr Dorothy Njoroge – AMWIK
Ms. Wangechi Wachira – CREAW
Mr Irungu Houghton – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL KENYA

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March 19, 2021by CREAW

We are deeply appalled by the information going round on social media platforms about sexual assault and the gruesome murder of Velvine Nungari Kinyanjui allegedly by one Anthony Njenga Murimi. Our deepest condolences to Velvine’s family and friends.

As an organization that has committed itself to the promotion of the rights of women and girls, the Center for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) notes with concern that while Velvine’s case is not an isolated one; countless number of women and girls across the country have become subjects to gender-motivated killings, sexual violence including rape, female genital mutilations, and sexual harassment in the households, communities, workplaces and by extension public spaces. As many as seven in ten women in various parts of the country report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime, most of them at the hands of intimate partners.

Data from CREAW shows that by the end of 2020, cases of violence against women and girls across Kenya had risen by 64% amidst the pandemic. The statistics that are further affirmed by the National Crime Research Center report 2020 which recorded a 92% increase in cases of GBV between January and June 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. These statistics demonstrates that violence against women and girls continue to go unabated despite the Constitutional provisions that upholds the rights of all Kenyans, women and girls included.

We welcome the actions by the National Police Service (NPS), the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Office of the Director of Criminal Investigations (ODPP) in apprehending Velvine’s alleged assailant (Anthony Njenga Murimi), however we demand that speedy investigations be done and the culprit be charged for nothing less than murder for the life of Velvine. The Judiciary should ensure that the case is heard and determined and that the perpetrator is fully made accountable for the heinous act. We shall remain vigilant until justice is done for Velvine, one life lost is one too many other lives lost in our communities. She was loved, she was cared for. We are missing a life, a sister, a daughter, a friend, stolen from our hearts and our minds. Femicide is unacceptable!

In all, CREAW stands in solidarity with all survivors and victims of femicide and other forms of GBV and call on the government to break their silence on the “shadow pandemic” and honour their obligation as outlined in the Constitution of Kenya 2010 to end violence against women and girls.

We are also cognisant that, survivors voices continue to be stifled by the patriarchal notions and societal stigma; a matter that has left many survivors wallowing in pain and hopelessness. We are calling on individuals and communities to rise beyond the gender biases, play their part and take action to liberate women and girls from all forms of violence.

End Notes

About the Center for Rights Education and Awareness

Founded in 1999, the Center for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) is a national feminist organization driving change for equal societies in Kenya. We place women and girls at the center of our actions to end inequality and realize social justice. We question political, social, economic, legal, cultural and religious structures that silences the voices and agency of women and girls in Kenya.

CREAW envisions a just society where women and girls enjoy full rights and live in dignity. We believe in the equality of rights, with empowerment and justice made available for every woman and girl. We stand for, ensuring women and girls have Power, Voice and Agency. For more information on CREAW, please visit: www.creawkenya.org

For more information please contact [email protected] or call 0720-357-664.


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January 20, 2021by CREAW

The last time *Sarah (not her real name) had a domestic scuffle with the husband; he nearly took life out of her.

“He came home drunk in the wee hours of the night, beat me up and stabbed me with a knife,” recalls Sarah as she chokes back tears. It was then that she made a decision to leave her matrimonial home.

Sarah recounts that it was not the first time that she had been abused by the husband; on several occasions, she was subjected to a slap, a punch, a kick… and to tap it all intimidation and coercion that only become worse during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our first born daughter couldn’t take the abuse, she ran away from home. It got to a point where my husband wanted to rape her,” says the 55-year-old mother of four.

Before the pandemic, Sarah was a laundry woman, she would move from house to house doing laundry and other domestic chores, when the pandemic struck, no one was willing to employ her even for other menial jobs. She says, the Covid-19 pandemic is one of the worst moments in her life.

Sarah is however not alone, her experiences mirror that of many women and girls across Kenya whose lives have been affected by the wave of intimate partner violence during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Like Sarah, *Pendo (not her real name) was gang raped on her way home from the market. She had crossed over to Mombasa mainland from Likoni where she usually hawks cassava and coconut to make ends meet. The event of that fateful night left her with a life threatening hemorrhage.

In April, the government and women rights organizations, CREAW among them issued an alert of the increasing cases of gender based violence meted on women and girls. The recent study by the National Crime Research Center indicated a 92 percent increase in cases of GBV in the period of January and June 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. The nature of cases reported include, rape, assault, murder, sexual offences, defilement, child marriage, psychosocial torture and child neglect.

In the wake of this, CREAW with the support from Oxfam in Kenya adapted its intervention in Nairobi and Mombasa to provide support services to survivors of gender based violence like Sarah and Pendo. Mainly, the intervention targeted women and girls from informal settlements with cash reliefs to aid them in meeting basic necessities such as food, water, rent and healthcare for them and their families.

Through our European Union in Kenya – funded #SafetyNets program, 15,793 households have benefitted from monthly cash assistance.

“The first thing I did when I received the cash from CREAW is to pay rent and the rest of the monies I bought food, mask and sanitizer,” says Sarah who has also received a resilient fund from CREAW to establish a business that would sustain her and her four children.

Currently Sarah and Pendo also receiving continuous psychosocial support services to enable them heal and build resilience during the pandemic and thereafter.

 


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September 23, 2020by CREAW

We, the undersigned Women, Women Associations, Women Rights organizations and Gender Equality Advocates in Kenya, being representatives of women in all their diversity including grass root and rural women, women in the informal settlements, women in Business, Women in Professional Bodies and in all Associations and organizations have taken note of the Action taken by the RT. Hon. Chief Justice , David Maraga issued Monday, 21st September 2020 to His Excellency, the President Uhuru Kenyatta in respect to the dissolution of Parliament for its  failure to enact legislation to implementation of the two thirds gender rule as provided for in Article 10 (2), Article 27(6) ; Article 81(b) and Article 100 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010.

The women of Kenya stand in solidarity with the action taken by the Rt. Hon. Chief Justice on dissolution of parliament. The action by Rt. Hon. Chief Justice is timely and takes cognizance of the challenges that women have faced and continue to face in our quest for inclusivity and equality.

We further note that it is the responsibility of each one of us to remain accountable to our Constitution and the Rule of Law.

We further affirm that the drafters of our Constitution were alive to the patriarchal challenges and difficulties in promoting women’s political leadership and representation in our country.

We note the Rt. Hon. Chief Justice’s decision has taken cognizance of the numerous attempts by Parliament to provide a mechanism for actualizing the gender provision anchored in the Constitution. On all these occasions, Parliament has failed to reach a decision and demonstrated a lack of good will and respect for the rule of law.

We note that by advising, H.E. the President to dissolve the 11th  Parliament, Rt. Hon. Chief  Justice has acted within the bounds set out in the law, and as espoused in Article 261(7) and in furtherance of our democracy and the rule of law.

The women of Kenya are in full support of the Rt. Hon. Chief Justice’s insistence that the Country must hold everyone accountable for their actions or lack thereof. This is as it should be.

We further highlight the four (4) Court Orders that have been issued directing Parliament to implement the two thirds gender rule within clearly specified time lines. We acknowledge the efforts and attempts that both houses of Parliament have taken on the matter. However, we note that these attempts have not resulted to any outcome as envisaged in the Constitution.

We regret the push-back and voices from Parliament that are misleading Kenyans with the false narrative that the ‘two thirds gender rule: Is not part of the mandate of Parliament; that there is no mechanism to implement this provision; and that it is too costly to implement the two third gender rule.

We note that all these narratives are misleading and point to the challenges that we have encountered and have had to endure with parliament in our attempts to push for enactment of a mechanism for the implementation of the two thirds gender rule.

While women welcome the attempts in Parliament to implement Article 100, we wish to point out that this does not in any way provide for the implementation of the two thirds gender rule as it only deals with limits its focus to the existing seats in Parliament.

We reiterate that the spirit of our Constitution envisages an inclusive Kenya in which all citizens including women, youth, persons with disabilities and other marginalized categories have equal opportunity to socially, economically and politically participate fully in the affairs of our country.

We note that the crisis the country finds itself, unlike the COVID-19 pandemic, is self-afflicted and hence its solution is within our reach.

We further reiterate that Implementing the Constitution of Kenya 2010 in its entirety including the two thirds gender rule is a matter of great interest to all Kenyans. Unfortunately, this crisis did not happen yesterday and has been with us for the last ten years.

We emphasize that the time has come for Kenya to entrench constitutionalism and the rule of law. The hall mark of a democracy is its adherence and fidelity to the Rule of Law and Separation of powers between the various arms of government.

We note that the Two Thirds Gender Rule is not about giving seats to women but it is about creating an inclusive and sustainable society in furtherance to its commitment to the SDGs, the Agenda 2063 and the Vision 2030.

We note that while Kenya has made some great advancements in promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality, the country is lagging behind other countries including Rwanda, South Africa, Namibia and Senegal among others who have embraced gender quotas. Kenya is a leader in many respects except in this area of women’s representation.

We stand on the various promises that His Excellency, the President has made to the women of Kenya including his commitment to ensure that Kenyan women enjoy full political, social and economic rights. Mr. President, the Judiciary and parliament have done their part. The ball is now squarely in your court.

We are confident that H.E, the President will assert himself on this matter and provide leadership that will move this Country forward and entrench Constitutionalism.

Finally, we note that all women and men are equal and it’s the obligation of the leadership to ensure that its citizens enjoy all the rights as guaranteed in the Constitution.


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April 25, 2020by CREAW

his appeal raises novel questions of law on whether vicarious liability can be attributed to the appellant, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) who at the material time had employed Astorikoh Henry Amkoah, (3rd respondent hereinafter referred to as “teacher”) for alleged acts of sexual abuse against the students hereinafter referred to as “WJ” and “LN”).