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November 25 - December 10

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16 Days of Activism

Power change throughout the year

Every year Kenya Works takes part in the United Nations-powered global campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. 

From November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, through December 10, Human Rights Day, the world unites in an awareness campaign to ensure we reach the critical goal of ending violence against women and girls by 2030.

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END PERIOD POVERTY

Your gift of $25 or any amount can fund an entire year of menstrual hygiene management for more than two girls. No girl should risk her health, be coerced or miss out on her education because of a period. 

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ANTI-FGM TRAINING

Your gift of $50 or any amount can help a girl understand the health risks of FGM, create her own safety plan and identify the benefit to her future through completing her education. 

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END GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

Your gift of $100 or any amount can end domestic abuse through community training that brings proven strategies to community leaders, families and individuals to reduce violence in the home. 

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END CHILD MARRIAGE

Your gift of $250 or any amount can fund three months of food, shelter and social services to rescue a child from early marriage, connect her to education, health care and agency to build her future.

Our team hits the ground running and has a full schedule of prevention training, service provider coalition building, programs for survivors and awareness to raise local voices. We will be bringing you daily updates and information throughout the campaign, challenging everyone to play a role in four easy but collectively powerful ways: LEARN the WHY. SUPPORT the programs. Raise your VOICE to expand awareness of the global crisis of violence against women and girls. And, share content and engage your networks to jump into these challenges.  

 

Violence and human rights violations are a daily reality for women and girls across Kenya. Despite comprehensive Gender-Based Violence (GBV) laws and policies, sexual harassment, exploitation, domestic violence, and sexual abuse are still rampant according to a recent USAID report. Acute risks for women and girls include teen pregnancies, HIV/AIDS, physical and sexual abuse, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. 

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November 25 - December 10

How Can You Help?

The crisis is massive, but together we can end violence and human rights violations against women and girls.

Here are four key ways you can make a big impact and change lives today!

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Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Violence 

According to government data, 45 percent of women and girls aged 15 to 49 have experienced physical violence and 14 percent have experienced sexual violence. Many cases are not reported to authorities and few women get justice or receive medical care.

 

Sexual violence also is an issue: according to the KDHS 2014, 6.5 percent of respondents aged 15 to 19 had experienced sexual violence, and this figure increases to 17.5 percent for women by the time they reach the age of 49. Lifetime physical or sexual IPV for ever-partnered women aged 15 to 49 years is 47 percent.

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Period Poverty

Two out of every three women in Kenya don't have access to menstrual hygiene products, leaving them with few options to manage periods and still go about daily life, attending school, jobs, etc.

Particularly in adolescence, this creates circumstances that push girls into unhealthy means. Those risks range from staying home and missing out on opportunity, using unhygienic material all the way to engaging in transactional sex in order to procure the monthly necessities.

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Though outlawed in 2011, FGM continues and is characterized by regional disparities. The national average prevalence rate is 21 percent (ages of 15 to 49), and 12 percent of girls aged 15 to 19 have undergone FGM. The rates of FGM, however, vary regionally from 17 to 99 percent of girls in 12 of the 47 counties.

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Child Marriage & Early Marriage

According to Girls Not Brides, Child marriage is rooted in gender inequality and the belief that girls and women are inferior to boys and men. It is made worse by poverty, lack of education, harmful social norms and practices, and insecurity. 

23% of Kenyan girls are married before their 18th birthday and 4% are married before the age of 15.

The National Plan of Action for Children in Kenya (2015-2022) acknowledges that child marriage leads to physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children. It recognizes community meetings as a critical means for elevating public awareness among community leaders, families and children to change social norms.

 
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END PERIOD POVERTY

Your gift of $25 or any amount can fund an entire year of menstrual hygiene management for more than two girls. No girl should risk her health, be coerced or miss out on her education because of a period. 

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ANTI-FGM TRAINING

Your gift of $50 or any amount can help a girl understand the health risks of FGM, create her own safety plan and identify the benefit to her future through completing her education. 

Ending GBV

END GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

Your gift of $100 or any amount can end domestic abuse through community training that brings proven strategies to community leaders, families and individuals to reduce violence in the home. 

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END CHILD MARRIAGE

Your gift of $250 or any amount can fund three months of food, shelter and social services to rescue a child from early marriage and connect her to education, health care and agency to build her future.

 
 
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Create Your Own Awareness Campaign and Challenge Your Networks to JOIN the Fight! 

 

Speak up and speak out #WithHer against the critical issue of Gender-Based Violence.

You can create your own awareness and action campaigns with our content formatted for Facebook and Instagram. 

 

Be sure to tag @kenyaworksorg and use the hashtags #WithHer and #16Days to increase the impact!

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Create Your Own Fundraising Campaign and Challenge Your Networks to SUPPORT the Fight! 

 

You can easily create your own fundraising campaign through our campaign page.

You can simply click the share links to promote the campaign, or you can click the "I Want to Fundraise for This!" button. You can even set up fundraising teams.

When sharing the campaign, be sure to tag @kenyaworksorg and use the hashtags #WithHer and #16Days to increase the impact!

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Stand #WithHer on social media 
@KenyaWorksOrg.

 

Help spread the word by engaging with our posts each day of the campaign and sharing to your pages. 

You can also jump to our Trello board for downloadable content formatted for Instagram and FB posts and stories.