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Women promote peace through Tuvuke Initiative

It amplifies women’s voices in peace-building processes

In Summary

• The initiative by Echo Network Africa works with grassroots women in peace-building 

Echo Network Africa Group CEO Jennifer Riria, Gender CAS Beatrice Elachi and UN Women country director Ann Mutavati
Echo Network Africa Group CEO Jennifer Riria, Gender CAS Beatrice Elachi and UN Women country director Ann Mutavati
Image: Douglas Okiddy

Echo Network Africa on Tuesday held an event at their Nairobi offices to launch Tuvuke Initiative and advocate peace in Laikipia county.

The initiative aims to amplify women’s voices in peace-building processes and implement programs on peace, conflict interventions, and women participation in electoral processes since 2011.

It's an initiative that seeks to work with grassroots women networks/ groups to create a broad-based women's grassroots movement engaged in peace-building activities in informal settlements.

Women groups carry candles to symbolise peace in Laikipia
Women groups carry candles to symbolise peace in Laikipia
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Kenya Diaspora Alliance chair Dr Shem Ochuidho
Kenya Diaspora Alliance chair Dr Shem Ochuidho
Image: Douglas Okiddy

The community-based approach will heavily rely on women becoming community-based peace actors/ambassadors to facilitate early warning conflict reporting within the informal settlements.

Echo Network Africa launched humanitarian support for women and families in Laikipia in collaboration with the Gender ministry, African Women Leaders Network and Common Women Agenda.

Guests included Gender CAS Beatrice Elachi, UN Women country director Anna Mutavati and Kenya Diaspora Alliance chair Dr Shem Ochuidho.

Echo Network Africa head of positioning Sarah Muhoya and Teresia Wakaya
Echo Network Africa head of positioning Sarah Muhoya and Teresia Wakaya
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Gender activists Jackline Tunguta and Mariam Yahya
Gender activists Jackline Tunguta and Mariam Yahya
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Women activist from Dagoretti North Caroline Wanjira
Women activist from Dagoretti North Caroline Wanjira
Image: Douglas Okiddy