Voices of Women in Western Kenya (VOWWEK)

Founded in 2012, Voices of Women in Western Kenya (VOWWEK) seeks to meet the needs and raise the voices of rural LBTI women.

Founded in 2012, Voices of Women in Western Kenya (VOWWEK) seeks to meet the needs and raise the voices of rural LBTI women. Their work aims to increase rural LBTI women’s access to justice, expand their access to sustainable livelihoods, and deepen their civic engagement in Governance and Leadership. VOWWEK uses broader women’s issues as an entry point for dialogue and relationship-building about LBTI issues in a very conservative and rural part of the country. VOWWEK is leading the charge to build rural women’s leadership to sensitize local government, police, chiefs and village elders, and to gradually change Norms and Attitudes about the humanity and rights of LBTI rural women. In addition to dialogue and relationship-building, VOWWEK is organizing a civic participation campaign for LBTI women in rural areas to exercise their right to vote.

Initiative for Equality and Non-Discrimination (INEND)

The Initiative for Equality and Non-Discrimination (INEND) was formed in 2014 to work towards creating an enabling environment where sexual and gender minorities are respected, treated with worth and peacefully co-exist with society, through advocacy, research, strategic communication and community engagement.

The Initiative for Equality and Non-Discrimination (INEND) was formed in 2014 to work towards creating an enabling environment where sexual and gender minorities are respected, treated with worth and peacefully co-exist with society, through advocacy, research, strategic communication and community engagement. INEND’s strategy is to target and design programs for those parts of the population who are seen as perpetrators and instigators of violence against LGBTQ people, building on the existing work and social change priorities of LGBTQ groups in the Coastal region of Kenya. In 2016, they identified motorcycle operators as a first group seen/experienced as perpetrators of violence, conducted a needs assessment research project (forthcoming soon) on current public attitudes of motorcycle operators on sexual and gender minorities, and designed relevant sensitization workshops to demystify core gender and sexuality concepts. They provide advocacy and leadership trainings for LBQ women leaders.

Read their needs assessment report in The International Journal of Humanities and Social Studies here.