Bridging the Digital Divide
Although the Kenya government has made significant steps in empowering girls and providing equal opportunities in the Education and economic sectors, limited access to computers and mobile technology, remains one of the greatest challenges to women's long term development. While GSMA (2014) has recognized the immense benefits presented by mobile phones and new technology as an empowerment platform for women, it acknowledges obstacles like lack of technical literacy, confidence and wider gender disparities especially among women in poor households in slums. Closely related are disparities driven by sexual and gender based violence within Informal settlements in Nairobi. While several legal measures have been instituted aimed at addressing sexual and gender based violence including the passing of the children's Act (GoK, 2010) the sexual offences Act (GoK 2007) social constructs found in public life promote the perception of boys as dominant over girls. Women and girls are socialized to accept, tolerate, and even rationalize male dominance and male violence towards women in whatever settings and to remain silent about such experiences. (Zimmerman, 1994). Poverty and patterns of male sexual entitlement combine to predispose women to sexual and gender based violence. CSA proposes innovative interventions in Nairobi's select slums (Dandora and Eastleigh) to accelerate access to computers, New media and mobile technology as critical platforms for providing information on sexual and gender based violence, Comprehensive sexuality education, and access to health services using and working with community structures including male champions and advocates on gender equality from a rights based perspective. This is 12 months intervention resulting in skills empowerment on computers and mobile technology for 500 women (15-24), increased knowledge on SGBV, Increased incidences of SGBV reporting and community support structures for SGBV survivors. CSA will build partnerships with Technology groups based in Nairobi for sustainability. The project seeks 50,000 USD
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