In the last 20 years, awareness of women's rights has awakened in Kenya. In 2010, the Kenyan government adopted a new constitution that also established the ban of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and other forms of women's rights violations.
Unfortunately, little has happened in Kuria society in Migori County since 2010. Domestic violence, ranging from FGM to forced marriage, still takes place. Limited financial resources force women into dependency. In addition, there is a lack of information and ways out for girls and women.
Amnesty International Ulm has been working with other organisations and individuals since 2013 to provide information and resources to protect women's rights in the area.
The last project consisted of students from the University of Ulm, the MRRC in Kuria, engineers from Sofis World and the local community. With the construction of a biogas plant, the women were saved from collecting firewood, which on the one hand takes a lot of time and on the other has negative consequences for people and the environment.
In the meantime, 10 more biogas plants have been built by the community.
The Jua Hope project
Our next project is aimed at the basic right to physical inviolability. It is a shelter for victims of domestic violence, genital mutilation, forced marriage and lack of equal opportunities.
It brings together students from Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences and the African-German Forum (ADF) Ulm, other organisations and individuals in Ulm, Neu-Ulm and Nairobi and the women's village Kenyarera in the Migori district in Kenya.
A house is planned that will provide space for accommodation, administration and counselling. With this house, girls and women in immediate danger will find a refuge.
The women's village and the community are contributing 47% of the estimated total costs (30,000 EU). This includes the building land as well as locally available materials such as stones for the foundation and voluntary work during construction. On the long run the women’s village aims to also provide small businesses such as a restaurant, hair salon and nursery school on the building land, ensuring a long-term financial stability of the women’s shelter.
The remaining 53% is borne by us, for materials and equipment that are not available locally, for skilled labour as well as for the furniture.
This project contributes to the achievement of seven of the 17 goals of the Global Sustainability Goals:
- Good health and well-being
- Gender equality
- Clean water and sanitation
- Affordable and clean energy
- and decent work and economic growth
We therefore need your help to empower local women.
We thank you very much for your donations and also welcome your advice and support!