INCREASING AWARENESS ON UNPAID CARE AND DOMESTIC WORK
Over the last three months, YAK noted an increase in UCDW awareness among couples who went through couple sessions in Kawangware and Korogocho, where 64 new couples joined in the last quarter. Attending the sessions was the Senior Chief of Korogocho, who shared the importance of men embracing family planning as a way of ensuring the economic stability of households.
“We want to appreciate YAK on the work they are doing with families in informal settlement areas. Their couple sessions create awareness on unpaid care and encourage men to appreciate UCDW as a duty and not a responsibility.”
Senior Chief – Korogocho
REFLECTION AND ANNUAL ADVOCACY SESSIONS
The project has continued to attract the attention of the community leaders, especially policymakers, through meaningful couples sessions, where care-responsive policies are being advocated.YAK conducted two reflection and annual advocacy sessions in two informal settlements (i.e., Kawangware and Korogocho) to create a platform for policymakers, service users, and service providers to meet and discuss development issues for prioritization in line with WE-Care goals.
“The NCC Department of Youth Affairs and Gender is happy with what the WE-Care project has achieved towards women’s empowerment. I am glad to engage for further initiatives geared towards youth and women’s empowerment.”
Grace Gichuhi- Nairobi City County
YAK paid a courtesy call visit to the NCC- Education, Gender, and Youth Affairs Department, where they discussed synergy areas on women’s empowerment, particularly on the disruptions caused by COVID-19 that have made women more vulnerable to gender-based violence (GBV).
In addition, they discussed the County’s focus on developing youth policy and a GBV Management bill. Currently, YAK is a key partner of the NCC on youth and gender issues.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
YAK continues to advocate and create safe spaces for women to realize their social, economic, and political potential. Under the theme “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”, YAK celebrated the efforts of women and girls around the world to shape a more equitable future and a just recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oxfam and YAK partnered to celebrate grassroots women who have influenced development but were never recognized. The road led to Korogocho- Anglican Church of Kenya, where 75 women from Mathare, Kawangware, Korogocho, and Lucky Summer joined and shared their leadership journey.