11/07/2019 - 10:35 to 11/07/2019 - 12:05
Proposal(Workshop / Presentation)
Coordinating organization: 
Policy and Legislation
Organization Name: 
Organization Introduction: 
Young Africa women initiative (YAWI) is a legal entity in Kenya.
Vision: Vision: African women to live in a world that embraces integrity, peace, prosperity, respect for human rights and freedom from oppression.

Mission: To promote, protect and advocate for the rights of women to ensure their freedom form all forms of violence and provide them with tools and resources necessary to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency.

YAWI is an African based organization for gender equality, women, children and girl’s rights. we sensitize women and the community at large on freedom of women from all form of violence, economic injustices, sexual and reproductive health, girl’s education and women economic empowerment.
Proposer: Fidelis karanja
Describe your workshop/presentation (300-500 words): 
Violence against women is “one of the most serious challenges of our time United Nations Secretary-General’ (2006). GBV does not only violate fundamental human rights it is also a security threat that prevent women and girls from realizing their full potential. Although many most of world governments have put in policies and legislation to prevent, respond and to punish forms of violence against women, the legislation and policies are inadequate in combating policies and practices that perpetuate subordinate status as well as undermining human rights. In addition, the process for reporting crime is tedious and complicated for certain demographics especially women, girls, children and PWLDs. In most cases, criminals ply on people who would ordinarily not report them to relevant authorities. Most children, for example, are unaware of who to report to and where, when a crime has been perpetrated against them. Women on the other hand, find it difficult to report crimes due to fear of stigmatization (mostly in cases of sexual assaults), while PLWD face constraints in their ability to easily access, as well as to articulate themselves effectively. For example, most police stations do not have a sign language interpreter to assist the hearing impaired. Moreover, citizens find it inconveniencing and time consuming to go to the police stations to report cases.
This presentation emphasis on states getting fully involved in addressing GBV problems through all means at their disposal. Such as, focusing on national law which should criminalize the offense and treat it as a security threat at all levels and having all security departments fully involved in fighting GBV by real time response whenever there is an alert on GBV. Therefore, innovative ways using modern technology is of essence as some long term strategies to ensure the security of women survivors and enhancing prevention of GBV. Use of modern technology by anonymous reporting, creating alert messages to health service providers, provision of short code message where victims and survivors and general public can get adequate information on GBV.

According to a study conducted by The Government of Kenya, the country will be secured with the support and contribution of several stakeholders as follows; 53% religious and political leaders, 40% by the citizens and only 7% by security agents. These findings show that the security agents cannot act alone and rely heavily on the support of the citizens to detect and deter crime.
Some of the innovative ways this presentation will be emphasizing on is using a mobile platform. The platform with a branded code that is connected to security agencies. It is a text and web based system that enables anonymous crime reporting and monitoring by any member of public. The system works on any type of handset available in Kenya as it is text based and is therefore applicable even on older 2G GSM card telephone platforms. As the platform enables the public from grassroots levels to national levels to report anonymously, the fear of victimization is eliminated since those receiving the information are unable to access the details of the sender. This system also allows citizens to report police misconduct without fear.