Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

Community and Youth Awareness on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Kibera and Korogocho slums in Nairobi County through Community Radio Listening Programmes and Media

Duration: June 2015 to December 2016
Target Areas: Korogocho Slum & Kibera Slum, Nairobi County
Donor: The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU)

The main objective of this project was to engage the youth in slums and informal settlements in Nairobi County to raise their awareness on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). AMWIK collaborated with the RFSU in implementing different programmes in the target areas by engaging youth aged between 13-19 years, their parents, teachers as well as the media.

AMWIK's Program Officer Benard Ogoi facilitates a forum at Kibera's NFSS
AMWIK’s Program Officer Benard Ogoi facilitates a forum at Kibera’s NFSS

The project intended to give the right information to parents and teachers on SRHR among the youth so that they can support the youth on accessing SRHR information. It would also lead to an empowered youth capable of making informed choices on their SRHR.

Members of the media including journalists and editors are to be trained on effective media reporting of SRHR issues under the project to ensure increased and improved media coverage of SRHR issues in community media stations.

The project will also increase visibility of SRHR issues at the national level by bringing together mainstream media, civil society organizations involved in SRHR and other stakeholders for a discussion on SRHR issues in the country.

Already in its first phase, the project has been running in 11 informal schools and one public school in Nairobi’s Kibera and Korogocho slums. The schools in Kibera Slum include Glory Primary School, Makina Baptist Primary School, Makina Self Primary School, Elite Primary School, Kisumu Ndogo Primary School and Mashimoni Squatters Primary School.

In Korogocho Slum the schools enrolled in the SRHR Project include Kisumu Ndogo Primary School, Korogocho Primary School, Big Pen Primary School, Rehema Primary School and Baptist Primary School.

Benard Ogoi Kibera
A radio listening forum at Kisumu Ndogo Primary School in Kibera

The target groups come together to listen to radio programmes compiled and produced by AMWIK which cover topics such as parenting skills, understanding gender based violence, preventing sexual abuse and exploitation and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Other topics covered are child sexual abuse and exploitation, rape, the process of seeking justice after abuse, how to protect evidence after an assault incident and punishment for sex offenders. In these intimate sessions, participants share their personal experiences as they learn better ways of addressing issues of sexuality in the community.

On completion of the project, AMWIK will publish a media guide booklet on effective SRHR reporting to share with its partners and the media. The guide will be a reference material for them in engaging the media and vice versa.