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September 29, 2021by CREAWKENYA

When *Santa (Not her Real Name) got her baby 6 months ago, she was excited for being a mother for the third time. The little bundle of joy was a product of love between her and her lover. However, after the arrival of the baby, their relationship suddenly died. Her partner went silent on her, forcing her to solely care for their baby’s expenses.

“The burden was too much for since I had to cater for the basic needs of my other children. Having lost my Salon job at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we could barely feed ” Confirms *Santa

She opted to share her plight with her cousin, who in return directed her to the Suluhisho Center in Kibera, where CREAW Kenya offices are situated. Her cousin got to hear about CREAW’s services from a community radio station in Kibera.

Through the service of a legal officer, *Santa was able to write her statement and was in return given a demand letter to take to her partner for mediation.

“The man agreed to come for mediation at our office. He committed to supporting the child with Ksh 3000 worth of shopping and when the child reaches the school going age, he would cater for education expenses” Adds George Nyakundi.

The mediation brought together the two parents to share responsibilities to meet the child’s support. *Santa was tasked with ensuring her child’s shelter and clothing needs.

 “Thanks to the legal support, my children and I can live less worried. At least I got a hand in supporting their basic needs. I am grateful for the support I got at CREAW”  States *Santa with a smile on her face.

With support from UNDP Kenya and Amkeni Wakenya, CREAW has intensified it’s legal aid for women and girls in the informal settlements of Nairobi. The women are victims of circumstances, who are left with the burden of finding justice and sometimes give up midway due to hefty legal fees which they cannot afford.

With the shrinking resources for supporting free legal aid and representation CREAW is supporting implementation of the National Legal Aid Act which provides for systems and structures to provide free legal aid and representation Country wide.

 

 

 

 


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October 10, 2019by CREAW

October 3rd 2019 marked a new dawn for the women and girls residing in Nairobi’s informal settlements as the Linda Haki project was launched.

Locals pose for a photo during the Linda Haki project launch. PHOTO/CREAW

The Linda Haki project implemented by CREAW with the support from the United Nations Development Programs aimed at increasing access to justice and legal aid services for the poor and vulnerable women in the informal settlements of Nairobi.

Speaking during the launch, the Nairobi County Director of Gender, Culture and Social Services Jane Waruguru lauded the efforts to enhance access to legal information, noting that the initiative is timely and will go along way in ensuring that the rights of women and girls are well respected.

“I am happy that the project will bring power to the people and empower them to enhance protection for women and girls in the households and around Nairobi,” said the Director.

Universities signs MOU with CREAW to provide legal aid in Nairobi’s informal settlements. PHOTO/CREAW

She said that the County Government of Nairobi, is concerned about the plight of residence who face challenge in accessing legal information and representation and thus is open to partnerships geared towards helping residents realize their rights.

Echoing in her sentiments was the CREAW’s Director Wangechi Wachira who called on the GBV stakeholders and duty bearers to work together and enhance actions towards eliminating gender based violence in the informal settlements of Nairobi.

The Kamkunji Sub-County Assistant County Commissioner Fred Ndunga reiterated the need to address defilement matters which are sky rocketing in the community. He said, the silence around the matter is worrisome and must be addressed to protect children from repeated attacks.

“I am concerned that some Chiefs conspire to solve defilement cases at familial level. We must stop this,” said Ndunga who also called on the locals to take responsibility and report violations for perpetrators to be held accountable.

During the Launch, CREAW got into partnership with three universities law schools in provision of legal aid services to poor and vulnerable members of communities in Kibera, Makadara and Kamukunji areas in Nairobi County. The universities involved includes; Strathmore University Law School, Kenyatta University –School Of Law and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture And Technology University-Law School.