Peace Initiative Kenya (PIK)

Promote Peace! 
Stop Violence Against Women!

 The first phase of the Peace Initiative Kenya (PIK) Project was started in 2012 and ended in June after the 2013 General Elections.

The second phase of the project started in October 2013 and will run until September 2015.

PIK aims to support prevention of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and improving the current GBV response frameworks at the national and local levels.

The PIK project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) together with local partners; Coalition on Violence against Women (COVAW), Rural Women's Peace Link (RWPL), Sauti ya Wanawake  - Pwani, Health Care Assistance Kenya (HAK) through GBV Hotline 1195 and African Woman & Child Feature Service

The Project covers 9 counties

  • Taita Taveta
  • Kwale
  • Mombasa
  • Kisumu
  • Migori
  • Kisii
  • Uasin Gishu
  • Nandi
  • Trans Nzoia
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 10:54

Project Activities

  • County Peace and GBV forums
  • 16 Days of Activism against GBV
  • National summit on GBV and Peace
  • Radio programs on GBV and peace
  • Early warning and early response on GBV
  • Legal Aid on GBV issues
  • Trainings on Peace and GBV
  • Advocacy for peaceful and GBV-free elections
  • Development of referral mechanisms for GBV
  • Provision of small grants to local women organizations
  • Liaise with Government programs supporting peace building and GBV
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 14:22

Activities Undertaken

  • Development of the Communication Strategy for PIK partners that stipulated partners’ engagement  in the media and publicity  -
  • One Editors’ roundtable meeting in Mombasa on how the media can set the agenda in stopping conflict and gender based violence at the Coastal Region -

AWC convened a half day media roundtable on 3rd December, 2012 at the Reef Hotel Mombasa that brought together 37 journalists, religious leaders, politicians and community leaders, in a bid to find a common ground on issues of violence, peace and gender equality

  • One training workshop for media practitioners and correspondents on reporting GBV and its relation to electoral violence at the Coast.

The African Woman and Child Feature Service held a training workshop that convened journalists from far and wide, across the expansive Coastal region on 4th December, 2012 at the Royal Court Hotel, Mombasa.  The workshop which brought together 40 journalists from both print and electronic media sought to enhance understanding of Gender and how it relates to Electoral Processes among journalists; to increase understanding GBV and how it plays out within Electoral Processes; building the journalists’ capacity to cover more stories on GBV and Electoral Processes.

  • Two  media encounter meeting with grassroots level between the women groups and  journalists on issues in partnership with PIK Partners in Kapenguria and  Mombasa
AWC conducted two media encounters in; Kapenguria and Mombasa on 31st October and 5th December, 2012 respectively. The media encounters brought together 80 journalists and women leaders the different parts the remote Kapenguria and Coast regions sought to  enhance understanding  of journalists on the e experiences of women during the Electoral process within political parties and to discuss the  provisions in the Constitution that promote women participation and protection as relates to peace and security
  • Articles around the project published in all the media outlets including the REJECT Newspaper and the Kenyan Woman Online Newspaper. Other articles were published in the other mainstream media outlets such as the Star and The Standard
  • Two editors’ roundtable meetings in Kisumu and Eldoret on how the media can set the agenda in stopping conflict and gender based violence in the regions.

AWC convened a half day Media Roundtable on Role of Journalists in   addressing Violence/ Promoting Peace and Gender Equality that was held in Kisumu on 21st January 2013 at the Kisumu Hotel. The meeting was very critical because Kisumu has been characterized by sporadic bouts of violence and a prevailing atmosphere of insecurity. While that is at a regional level, Nyanza region in general, seem to be experiencing an increasingly worrying degree of violence, particularly one that is instigated and provoked by politics.

  •  Two training workshops for media practitioners and correspondents on reporting GBV and its relation to electoral violence in Kisumu and Eldoret

AWC convened a journalists training workshop on Linking Gender Based Violence with Electoral Violence in Kenya held on 22nd January 2013 at the Kisumu Hotel.

The workshop brought together 40 journalists from both print and electronic media with Nyanza region and particularly in areas such as Siaya County, where political violence was witnessed. The workshop sought to enhance understanding of Gender and how it relates to Electoral Processes among journalists; to increase understanding GBV and how it plays out within Electoral Processes; building the journalists’ capacity to cover more stories on GBV and Electoral Processes.

  •  Two  media encounter meetings at grassroots level between the women groups and  journalists on issues in partnership with PIK Partners in Kisumu and Eldoret
AWC convened a half day Media Roundtable on Role of Journalists in addressing Violence/ Promoting Peace and Gender Equality that was held in Eldoret on 11 February, 2013 at the Nobel Hotel. The meeting was very critical because Uasin Gishu County in general was a hot spot in the post-election violence of 2007-2008. While that is at a regional level, the North Rift as a region in general, has been experiencing an increasingly worrying degree of violence, especially gender based violence and specifically violence against women and girls

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