In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Government of Kenya enforced lockdowns and movement restrictions to curb the spread of the virus and keep people healthy. As essential as these restrictions were, they have proven to be catastrophic to the lives of women and girls in their diversities. As health, security and financial worries caused by the pandemic intensifies, so are the number of women and girls who are increasingly facing gender based violence at home with no access to resources or people that could help them.
Against this backdrop, the Center for Rights Education and Awareness adapted its programs and interventions in the community to to provide rapid and targeted responses to prevent and to violence against women and girls during the pandemic.
In an effort to provide comprehensive services to women and girls at risk or facing violence during the Covid-19 pandemic, CREAW focuses on the prevention of violence in private and public spaces as well as access to essential services. These include health, justice, police as well as supporting national and county level COVID-19 emergency response coordination units to prioritize gender based violence response:
Lockdowns and movement restrictions during the pandemic has necessitated closure of businesses and loss of jobs majorly affecting women and girls who are also the breadwinners thus increasing their vulnerability to intimate partner violence, rape and other forms of GBV. CREAW’s livelihood responses target survivors and women and girls living in rural and informal settlements.
Across the counties we are working with women and women-led groups and community based organizations in the frontlines on matters women’s rights. Among strategies we are using in our engagements includes: