This project is a community level approach to gender-based violence (GBV) prevention. CALEP’s safe spaces project works with informal settlement in Kisumu county and its environs and rural communities in Siaya county to increase women’s access to justice system. Safe spaces work closely with government institutions including police, department of gender children and social services, chiefs, community leaders to improve institutional and community responses to GBV as a critical means of improving women’s safety.
Project’s Key Aim
The initiative aims to change regressive social norms and behaviors that perpetuate GBV and works towards addressing women’s safety needs.
CALEP’s Strategic Intervention Measures
- Trainings: In 2018 -2019, we trained 123 ward level volunteers, 50 paralegals and 22 male role models at the grass root level. Training helps to equip participants with the necessary capacities required to offer support to women who have been victims of abuse.
- Development of a Tracking System: CALEP supported the development of a system to track the number of women who were using the information and referral services provided by paralegal. This information is crucial to present to the government as evidence of need.
Results of the Intervention Measures
- Increased Awareness: In 2018 – 2019, 48 women were recorded as seeking help when confronted with gender-based violence. With the use of discussion and mediation 42 of these women did not to go County.
- Justice Aid: CALEP offered finance to 6 women, 4 went to court and 2 got justice.
- Enhanced Women’s Participation: The project has also provided opportunities for women to participate in discussion with county government tackling issues related to county government accountability, including taxation and gender responsive budgeting.