Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights implies that people can have a fulfilling and safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide, if, when and how often to do so. This thematic area seeks to contribute to creating an enabling environment for the realization of SRHR of women and girls by addressing barriers of such as limited access to, stigmatisation of and or discrimination of users and providers of SRHR services.
As concerns health, CREAW has to date empowered about 34,170 beneficiaries (19,225 women, 14,945 Men) to make healthy choices about social norms, attitudes and practices on Maternal and New-born Health (MNH) and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services. It has also influence social attitudes and practices towards these services and facilitated community’s access to the services. These interventions have, among other things, led to a reduction in SGBV, Child, Forced and Early Marriages (CFEM) and Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C). Additionally, there has been improved gender responsive MNH and SRH service delivery at the community and County levels.
Finally, CREAW has also developed behaviour change communication materials which are easily replicable. These have been succesfully used as training resources for peer group learning. In addition, CREAW has successfully used the SASA! Approach and Training of Trainers (ToT) model to train community champions, including men only groups and custodians of culture, to support community dialogue and action on power and gender issues. These initiatives have enabled women’s groups in Isiolo and Narok Counties, for example, to be at the forefront of pushing for passage of the County model gender policy developed by NGEC. The groups have also more meaningfully engaged with County health facilities to improve service delivery on MNH.
Currently CREAW in partnership with FAWE and Mastercard Foundation are implementing the Imarisha Msichana Program which aims to significantly reduce the incidence of teen pregnancies in Kenya during and beyond the Covid-19 crisis and beyond. The program that is being implemented in 20 counties uses interventions such as championing for re-entry of girls to school, sensitization forums for girls, young women, boys, young men, parents, community leaders on human sexuality and prevention of pregnancy.
Further to that, CREAW has partnered with CARE to implement the SHESOARS program that aims at achieving gender transformative and sustainable change by targeting out-of-school adolescent girls and boys. The program target select sub-counties in Kisumu, Siaya, Kajiado, and Nairobi counties.