STRENGTHENING SAFE AND PROTECTIVE SPACES FOR WOMEN, GIRLS AND CHILDREN IN KENYA
The gross violation of rights and human suffering caused by gender-based violence (GBV) demands a comprehensive and multipronged approach to both prevention and response. One of the most crucial interventions in responding to GBV is the establishment of safe and protective spaces (SPSs)for survivors. SPSs offer some of the services most urgently needed by survivors such as emergency treatment, testing for HIV/AIDS, psychosocial counselling and legal advice.
Yet options for safe and protective spaces are scarce in the country and people fleeing violence are often unable to access havens of safety and other essential services. Most of the existing spaces are run by civil society organizations and depend on donor funding; as such, they tend to be short-term and unsustainable. The services offered in these spaces are not always comprehensive and gaps in linkages to existing referral pathways and services persist.