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International International Women's day

Beyond Zero Campaign - Fifteen women die every day due to pregnancy related complications in Kenya and 20% of all deaths among mothers in the country are AIDS-related (UNAIDS). According to the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women and Children's Health 2013 Update Report, in 2012 alone, more than 100,000 children died before their fifth birthday - largely due to preventable causes. In the same year, 13,000 new HIV infections occurred among children and 62% of children living with HIV did not access life-saving antiretroviral drugs.

In order to improve maternal and child health outcomes in the country, the First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta launched the 'Beyond Zero Campaign'. In Solidarity Events with the nation and in support of the Beyong Zero Campaign, YWCAA team celebrated this years' International International Women's day in a special way by joining in the First Lady's run on 8th March. On yearly basis, YWCAA commemorates the International International Women's day by visiting the communities and share the contribution made by women within the society.

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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.

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