Irep Foundation

WE ARE RESPONSIBLE!

Eliminate all forms of harmful cultural practices
Promote women, and girls' rights
Empower women and girls

Ending all forms of violence against women and girls is a collective responsibility.

Our Mission

To be the influential voice to end all forms of Gender Based Violence and abuse in order to achieve a safe society that recognizes, values and respects the rights and dignity of women and girls.

Our Vision

A society free from all forms of violence against women and girls.

Our Goal

To create a just society where women and girls are empowered to fully enjoy their human rights and live to their full potential.

overview

Violence against women and girls such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), rape, defilement, child marriage, sexual assault and domestic violence are globally recognized and condemned as breaching basic human rights. 

FGM prevalence in West Pokot (KDHS 2014)
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Girls Rescued and educated
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Empower a girl, empower the community 

Thematic Areas

Female genital mutilation (FGM) and Child Marriage

Female Genital Mutilation(FGM) is defined as all procedures involving the partial or total removal of the external female gentalia  or any other injury to the female genital organs for non medical reasons (WHO,2008) it is internationally recognized  as a violation of the human rights .Despite the practice being outlawed in Kenya,( FGM Act,2011) ; it is still widely practiced by some communities in Kenya.
Child marriage is any formal/informal union between a child under the age of 18 and an adult or another child(UNICEF).Among the Pokot community, FGM is prerequisite for Child marriage.

Education

Two- thirds of the world illiterates are women.Literacy is key in promoting girls and women rights, achieving  empowerment ,enhancing livelihood skills and ensuring gender justice.

Illiteracy levels in West Pokot is approximately 67% with majority being women and girls.This is as a result of gender inequality and harmful cultural practices.

SRH

Sexual reproductive health is a fundamental human right which is essential to human development and achievement of SDG. Women and girls have the right to be provided with accurate information on sexual and reproductive health as well as accessing them.With such information women are able to have planned pregnancies and can effectively focus on building themselves.

women’s and girl’s empowerment

women and girls are key drivers of change and development in our societies.To have a peaceful and developed society,women and girls must be empowered.A common form of women empowerment programs among pastoral communities is beading.With the launch of the Johari bead  initiative on 6th December,2021,bead work products from Kenya are expected to compete in international markets.This means and improved livelihood for women and girls.Besides, supporting and providing education for the marginalized girl child empowers them.

Environment

Detrimental effects of climate change include; flooding, landslides, drought, Famine, Kala Azar disease and environmental degradation. Women and children are vulnerable to the effects of climate change as they heavily depend on natural resources which are threatened by climate change. These changes have resulted in; gender inequality, women disempowerment and increase in cases of FGM and Child marriages.

Domtila Chesang'

Director, I_Rep Foundation

“I am responsible”

Most society disputes are because we are not all responsible. Taking into account that we are all part of the society, if we all change our way of thinking, being, acting and investing our money, our society model will change for good.Personal Social Responsibility is the way we as individuals perform our daily life as members of the society–basing our decisions on a desire to minimize the negative impacts and maximize the positive impacts on the social, environmental and economic in the long run. This range of personal behavior, directly and indirectly shows the economic, legal, ethical, discretionary and environmental actions derived from the individual’s role in the society, the environment and the world as a whole. Challenges occur when community members overlook the impact of their actions on others as well as themselves in the long run

We believe that once girls understand the dangers of FGM, and are equipped with knowledge of their human rights, they can take a stand and refuse to undergo the practice

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