YWCAAIDS :: THE "BAWA" PROJECT

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT FOR MINORITY, YOUNG WOMEN & GIRLS

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Gender based violence continues to be a menace, and has been identified as a key driver to HIV and other related factors such as drug and substance abuse among women, and particularly young women and girls. YWCAA integrates matters of GBV in all its' programs, and participating in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence was one sure way of showing solidarity with the GBV victims and survivors, working in partnership and collaboration with well-wishers and like-minded advocates. Addressing the root course of GBV offers an opportunity for a long term solution to tackling GBV among young women; hence our economic empowerment program. YWCAA recognizes that an economically empowered young woman has power over decision that affects her life in every scope.

YWCAA in partnership with the African Women Development Fund conducted a project to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism Against GBV-2016 that aimed at creating of a safe space for young and marginalized women to build a community for discussion of issues of bodily integrity, autonomy and freedom from violence using communication technology. Kibagare informal settlement where the project was based is notorious for GBV cases. YWCAA has worked within this community for over ten years addressing issues related with HIV, GBV, SRHRs, youth economic empowerment, drug and substance abuse among other areas. The organization is part of the Westlands Sub-County GBV Working Group which is a platform for sharing information on GBV and area security related matters. The project targeted 20 marginalized young women who were brought together through the social media in to a forum for learning and information sharing, leading to knowledge and creation of stronger networks of young women GBV community advocates. The 20 marginalized young women and girls trained to be change agents to reach out to more young women in the same category, including those in the 20 households. They gained psychosocial support from the GBV adv

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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.