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  1. GIRLS NOT BRIDES KENYA Date: 16th December 2020
  2. WHO ARE WE? The GNB Kenya formerly the End Child Marriage Network, Kenya was initiated in September 2017 GNB-Ke is an amalgamation of over 50 youth focused and youth led national and county-level Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), that work to create space for young girls and girl-led CSOs to engage in policy and budget advocacy ensuring evidence-informed policy formulation and implementation to end child marriage in Kenya
  3. OUR VISION A society free from child marriage!
  4. WHY A NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP? • Improved coordination between Civil Society Organisations, funders and partners in addressing Child, Early and Forced Marriages in Kenya. • Unity of purpose to counter community perception; Social normalization of Child, Early and Forced Marriages by practising communities • Improved up to date and consistent data for informed programming by all actors • Scale up resourcing of Child Early and Forced Marriage initiatives • A coordinating body to provide leadership in addressing child marriage initiatives
  5. THEMATIC OBJECTIVES •Movement building towards ending child marriage •Evidence based Advocacy •Capacity strengthening •Research and learning
  6. SITUATION OF CHILD MARRIAGE & IN KENYA 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% National Nairobi Homa Bay Migori Isiolo Turkana Nyanza Rift Valley Coast Eastern North Eastern Central Kajiado Central ChildMarriageprevalence County specific child marriage prevalence in Kenya by 2017, UNICEF
  7. WHY A NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP? • Girls Not Brides Kenya members in Kenya get a platform to share experience, learn and have joint advocacy • Girls Not Brides Kenya members collectively keep their government accountable for commitments made to address Child, Early and Forced Marriages • Girls Not Brides Kenya members speak with one voice calling for the completion of the draft National Plan of Action to end Child, Early and Forced Marriages in Kenya (2016) • Girls Not Brides Kenya members form a vibrant, strong and diverse national partnership and collectively curve a roadmap with the government to develop, implement and monitor national strategies to end Child, Early and Forced Marriages. • Girls Not Brides Kenya members share and collectively implement innovative initiatives in ending Child, Early and Forced Marriages in Kenya
  8. LINK BETWEEN CEFM AND FGM FOR THE ECMNKE? • Member organizations work with communities where FGM/C as a cultural practice is a precursor to CEFM • The network's member organizations have employed strategies and interventions that tackle CEFM and FGM in tandem. • FGM/C and Child, Early and Forced Marriages are driven by gender inequality and social beliefs. The strategies employed by member organizations tackling both HTPs target the same audience or target populations. • Several organisations that work to end FGM/C also work to end child marriage.
  9. OUR CALL TO ACTION The Government of Kenya to urgently; 1. Enact a Child Marriage Policy that criminalizes child marriage distinctly and enforces Kenya’s regional and international commitments on Ending Child Early and Forced Marriages. 2. Support the development of a National Plan of Action to End Child Marriage and implement the commitments made by Kenya on the AU Common Position on Ending Child Marriage 3. Revitalize and increase budgetary allocation towards all national agencies charged with the mandate on child protection and ending Child Early and Forced Marriages. 4. Strengthen resources to the all Child Protection units within the Criminal Justice system 5. Discuss technical and strategic possibilities of expanding the mandate of the Anti-FGM Board to include issues of Child Marriage.