16th April, 2019: In the month of April, 2019, COVAW with support from African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) launched “Enhancing Access to Justice for Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Victims with Intellectual Disabilities” project. The two-year project is implemented in Nairobi, Kiambu and Narok Counties. The project seeks to support victims (women and girls) of SGBV with intellectual disabilities by providing court representation, psycho social care to survivors/victims, advocating for an inclusive legal framework, strengthening capacity of criminal justice actors to respond appropriately to SGBV cases on women and girls with intellectual disabilities and enhancing public knowledge and awareness through Community Dialogue Forums (CDFs) on the rights of women and girls with intellectual disabilities at the project implementation sites.
Under the project, COVAW continues to carry out CDFs in Nairobi’s Urban Informal Settlements (Mathare, Mukuru Kwa Njenga, Korogocho, Dandora, Huruma, Kariobangi, Kibera, Kawang’ware Slums), Kiambu’s Kiandutu slum, Makongeni, Ruiru, Ruaraka and Gitwamba. In Narok County, the project is implemented in Narok West and Narok South in the following seven project sites: Naroosura, Ololulung’a, Naikara, Sekinani, Aitong, Olmenkenyu and Olkinyei.
Apart from sensitizing communities on the rights of women and girls with intellectual disabilities, COVAW is also taking the opportunity to map out SGBV cases in the community of women and girls with intellectual disabilities so as to facilitate their access to Justice. To do this, COVAW works closely with various paralegals spread across project implementation sites.