Background to the Call
Kenya Demographic Health Survey (KDHS) that focused on GBV was carried out in 2014 and indicates that women are more likely to experience physical violence committed by their spouse/partner than men. It also shows that sexual violence committed by a spouse/partner is not as prevalent as physical violence. Approximately 38 per cent of ever-married women aged 15-49 have ever experienced physical violence committed by their husband/partner, about 14 percent of women and 4 percent of men have ever experienced sexual violence committed by a spouse/partner, while 10 percent of women and 3 percent of men experienced sexual violence by a spouse/partner in the past 12 months. Overall, 14 per cent of females aged 15-49 years had experienced both physical and sexual violence. A study done by the National Crime Research Centre shows that lifetime prevalence of GBV was 38% for women and 20.9% for men.
At the onset of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic in Kenya the Chief justice noted an increase in sexual offences by 35.8 % while the national GBV hotline 1195 has reported a 75% increase in cases of gender-based violence. Risk factors for Gender based Violence (GBV) are also pronounced for women, girls, young people and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) whether in isolation either at home or in quarantine centers and in communities. Communities are grappling with lack of adequate gender sensitive facilities and protection measures for the most vulnerable. In addition, the overburdening of public services during this period has significantly weakened institutional responses to GBV and amplified barriers that limit women, girls, young persons and PWD’s access critical services addressing GBV.
Description of the intervention.
Under support from the MasterCard Foundation, CREAW is currently implementing a project in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi, Narok and Isiolo Counties, which seeks to provide rapid response and strengthen resilience of women who are survivors of gender-based violence during the ongoing COVID 19 Pandemic .The aim of this intervention is to accelerate access to justice for vulnerable women and girls who are survivors of gender-based violence in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi, Narok and Isiolo Counties of Kenya.
It is in this regard that CREAW is seeking to establish a pro bono advocates network in the 5 counties which will among other things provide free legal aid, legal representation and psychosocial support to female survivors of violence.
Kenya Demographic Health Survey (KDHS) of 2014
Terms of reference for Pro Bono Advocates in the scheme.
Advocates who apply and are successfully selected will be expected to;
Competencies of the Advocates selected to join the scheme
CREAW will select Advocates to provide the pro bono services on a competitive basis. The selected advocates;
CREAW’s obligations under the scheme
CREAW’s obligations will be as follows
Applicants should submit expressions of interests electronically in PDF format with subject line clearly marked “Expression of interest to join CREAW’s Advocates pro bono Scheme on or before 2nd December 2020 via https://bit.ly/probono-creaw
All applicants should include the following:
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