Virtual Justice Clubs in the 160 Girls project

The 160 Girls project creates awareness on sexual violence and referral pathways of the cases among school going children. It seeks to hold the police and the Kenyan state accountable for the enforcement of defilement laws to ensure they protect girls in Kenya from this most appalling form of violence. ICRH Kenya recently concluded the 160 Girls Virtual Justice Clubs close-out for its pilot phase, supported by Equality Effect. 

The pilot phase activities involved the nomination of 15 student leaders to participate in the virtual justice clubs e-learning for 5 months. The virtual sessions focused on topical issues including sexual violence, referral pathways and child protection as well as case stories of child survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. The project has also conducted public legal education in primary schools and the community in sub-counties of Mombasa County with support from Equality Effect. The aim is to equip girls with increased knowledge and voice to bring greater community attention to defilement, provide a stronger check on police and community actions that are harmful to girls, and ultimately serve to make girls safer in their communities.