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Scaling up the Capacity of Women and Men Organisations to Engage in Gender and HIV Responsive Programming in Kenya

In the course of its programmes implementation, HERAF continues to build the capacity of organisations working in the area of gender, HIV & AIDs, so that they have the capacity and understanding to use gender analysis as a basis for interventions aimed at reducing gender related barriers to getting HIV & AIDS treatment, care, and support and prevention services. In this respect, HERAF between October 2010 and April 2012 trained 103 representatives from different CSOs on the concepts, methods and implication for programmes implementation of gender sensitive and transformative HIV&AIDs programmes implementation.

In response to the demand for such projects, HERAF, with the support of UN women, is building the capacity of women and men organisations to engage in gender responsive HIV programming in Kenya, in the context of the Constitution 2010. In implementing this project, we take note of past research which has shown that those affected by and infected with HIV &AIDS are rarely involved in the project’s design, implementation and monitoring of interventions aimed at reducing gender related barriers to access treatment, prevention and support services when affected and infected with or affected by HIV&AIDs.

In implementing the project ‘Scaling up the Capacity of Women and Men Organisations to Engage in Gender and HIV Responsive Programming in Kenya’, HERAF will seek to ensure the greater involvement of women and men organisations in tackling challenges as presented by the gender inequality in getting affected by and infected with HIV. Further, HERAF through the project will seek to increase knowledge among women and men leaders’ organisations of the opportunities and changes as may result from the provisions of the Constitution 2010 in the implementation of gender and HIV programmes

Some of the Objectives in implementing the above project include:

The main objective of this proposal is to scale up the capacity of women and men leaders to engage in gender and HIV responsive programming in Kenya. The specific objectives include;

  1. Empowering women and men organisation leaders to comprehend Constitutional, legislative and policy frameworks affecting inategrtion of gender equality in Kenya’s HIV response
  2. Building the capacity of women and men led organisations to develop and implement gender and HIV responsive projects in Kenya
  3. Monitoring and advocating for gender equality in Kenya’s HIV prevention, treatment and care programmes

Some of the activities in the course of implementing this project include; having dialogues forums for women and men organisations to discuss the Constitution, legislations and polices affecting gender and HIV programmes, sharing knowledge and information on Constitution, legislations and policies on gender and HIV responsive programming, production of a newsletter, and provision of technical assistance to interested women and men organisations by critiquing their proposed gender and HIV projects/proposals

The expected impact and achievement in implementing the project is that women and men organisations will have strengthened capacity to engage in gender and HIV responsive programming in Kenya. Ideally, this is through the better comprehension of the Constitution, how it affects gender and HIV program development, and implementation of gender and HIV projects in Kenya. In the end, it is hoped that the project will contribute to reduction of gender related HIV infections. Foreseen secondary results include;

  • Increased knowledge and understanding of women and men leaders on the linkages between gender and HIV&AIDS prevention, treatment, support, and care
  • Improved capacity of women and men organisations in development and implementation of gender and HIV responsive programmes
  • Development, funding and implementation of gender –sensitive HIV projects by women and men organisations
  • Proactive partnerships and collaboration among women and men organisations, the government, UN Bodies and other stakeholders in gender and HIV programmes
  • Women and men organisations continuously monitoring and advocating for the implementation of laws and policies that promote gender equality in HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support

The project is expected to start in June 2012 and end in November 2012

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