YWCAAIDS :: THE "BAWA" PROJECT

FIGHTING GBV THROUGH TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION

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Use of the media and other technology innovation during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence to address
bodily integrity for underprivileged young women and girls.Through this project, YWCAA reached out to 20 selected young women and girls GBV advocates in Westlands Sub County, Nairobi, the general public and youth through the radio, Facebook, twitter and whatsapp. The initiative has yielded to a community of GBV advocates that has brought together the area leadership, the police, community networks, NGOs, CBOs, FBOs and professionals.
Transformation of 30 marginalized young women and girls in Kibagare informal settlement through skills development, sports, arts and cultural activities; and an additional 15 who are undergoing economic empowerment through income generating activities eg beauty and hair dressing, bead work and tailoring.
Establishment and maintenance 54 youth groups each with membership of 30 within four informal settlements; a strategy which has promoted community ownership and enhanced local capacity to sustain HIV prevention within the community. Among these are 15 groups targeting young women categorized as young women who are Most at Risk (MARPS) - young single mothers, the youth in school, and Youth Living With HIV/AIDS (YLWHAs).
Youth outreach activities to over 18,050 other youth on HIV prevention and Counseling and Testing uptake. A human interest story from this project featuring one of our beneficiaries was highlighted on Nation Newspaper during World AIDS Day 2011.
Sensitized over 20,000 youth and Most at Risk Populations (sex workers and IDUs) in Nairobi and Kisumu on HIV counseling and testing

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HIV/AIDS & WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

YWCAA in partnership with the Stephen Lewis Foundation offers training in small scale business skills and provide start-up revolving community funds for economic empowerment to bar waitresses and grandmothers (BAWA)in order to make a meaningful choice of earning a living and reduce their exposure to violence and HIV/AIDS. The program also looks into empowering the beneficiaries with relevant information on HIV/AIDS, knowledge on basic legal rights and advocacy skills, reproductive health, human rights, rights to decision making and leadership.