PAF Kenya.

The Women’s Rights Awareness Programme (WRAP) is a human rights organisation that creates awareness and advocates for the rights of women and children in Kenya. WRAP used the disbursement provided by the NEPAD Spanish Fund for African Women Empowerment to economically empower abused and violated women from the Mathare, Huruma, Githurai and Kiambio slums of Nairobi

While gender-based violence (GBV) is not a problem unique to Africa, there is little doubt that the extent of the problem persists more severely on the continent than elsewhere in the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that, in 2013, 35% of women worldwide had experienced either physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes. In contrast, 45.6% of women 15 years and older in Africa have experienced the same.

This high incidence of GBV in Africa can be correlated to low levels of education, exposure to violence elsewhere, patriarchal systems, attitudes accepting of violence and gender inequality, and low access to information. In societies where justice is seldom achieved, knowledge of women’s rights is limited, and exposure to violence is consistent the task of reducing GBV remains of paramount importance.

Emergency Drought Appeal

The current situation in the region is beyond description, families are fleeing to neighboring town areas with no food, shelter and accompanied by mal-nourished children, elderly persons with pre-existing diseases, all this is happening before our eyes, Both international media and local outlets are reporting the magnitude of the drought.

The food security situation has been on a worsening trend in the Arid and Semi-Arid (ASAL) counties in Kenya attributed mainly to the poor performance of the October December 2020 short rains and the March-May 2021 long rains. Both seasons were characterized by late onsets, below-average cumulative quantities, and poor distribution both in time and space. The latest National Drought Early Warning Bulletin reports twelve counties namely Marsabit, Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Kilifi, Tana River, Makueni, Lamu, Samburu, Kitui, Isiolo, and Laikipia are in the alert drought phase as of July 2021.