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
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
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.
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.
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.