JWG has established the Gender Based Violence (GBV) Prevention Network, North Rift region, Kenya, whose members comprise of activists and practitioners committed to preventing gender based violence in the region. Membership is composed of more than 25 grassroots women groups which are actively contributing to helping the Network reach our objective of becoming a vibrant space in the region for innovation, expertise, experience and exchange on GBV prevention. The network recognizes that girls and women are most affected by GBV and therefore they are the core focus and priority in our work. We believe that primary prevention of violence against girls and women is critical. We hold a feminist analysis of GBV, meaning that we recognize that violence against women happens because of the imbalance of power in relationships and we are committed to programming that addresses this power inequity. We believe that men have an important role to play in creating violence-free relationships, families and communities.
We recognize that in order for violence against women to end, fundamental changes in long-held attitudes and beliefs about the value of women and the roles they are able to play need to change.
Our network aims to achieve four very specific objectives.
1. To provide member organizations with relevant information about and access to resources on violence
2. To build solidarity between organizations working on violence;
3. To strengthen capacity of members on critical issues and methodologies; and,
4. To advocate for increased interest and investment for gender-based violence prevention in the regions.