Coalition on Violence Against Women COVAW

The Coalition on Violence Against Women – Kenya, COVAW (K), is a non-partisan and non-profit making national women’s human rights non-governmental organization registered in Kenya under the NGO Coordination Act. COVAW (K) was established in 1995 as a result of a workshop organized by WILDAF (Women in Law and development in Africa) that sought to strengthen the networking capacities of women organizations in Kenya. At this workshop, violence against women was identified as a serious women rights violation that needed concerted efforts to address. This saw the birth of COVAW (K). Since inception, COVAW has continued to be instrumental in placing violence against women as a crime and a human rights violation and has spearheaded the campaign towards women having the right to be free from violence, the right to self defence and the right to state protection. COVAW believes that people have the capacity to learn and change their attitudes towards women. COVAW (K) beneficiaries are therefore women and girls … (about 1/2).

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Address: COVAW: Haven Court, Block B, Suite 7, Waiyaki Way (Opp. Lion’s Place), or: P.O. Box 10658-00100, Nairobi, Kenya;

About 2/2: … COVAW (K) is respected among her peers and is recognized as a champion for women’s rights which advocacy she takes not only in corridors of power but also in the streets … She is one of the first organizations to begin talking about issues that were deemed private and not for public consumption.

  • COVAW’s Strategic Goal: Breaking the cycle of violence against women.
  • COVAW’s Vision: A society that is free from all forms of gender-based violence within the domestic, private, public and political institutions
  • COVAW’s Mission: Building social movements of change agents opposed to and committed to eradicating violence against women.

Overall objective and Purpose:

  • 1.Decrease the incidences of violence against women
  • 2.Improve the management of violence against women cases

Overall Objective:

  • COVAW’s Overall objective is to generate and disseminate knowledge about VAW in the construction of the Kenyan society and respective communities; and to catalyse and support the development of social movements that work to advance eradication of VAW in communities, and the realization of the human rights of women in Kenya.

Geographical areas of Focus:

  • COVAW works in Kenya, East Africa. Within Kenya, COVAW has worked with communities in Laikipia in Central province, Taita Taveta in Coast Province, Kajiado in Rift Valley Province, Kisumu in Nyanza province and Nakuru in Rift Valley province. In its advocacy work, COVAW collaborates with organizations and stakeholders at regional and international levels. In the future, COVAW plans to be involved in VAW knowledge generation and dissemination targeting the Africa region.

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