Formation of the National Shelters Network (NSN)
The National Shelters Network was conceptualized in 2019 and began in February 2020. It is led by the Centre for Domestic Training and Development (CDTD), a women rights NGO that works to promote the rights of girls and women in domestic labour and other sectors in Kenya through advocacy, skills development, employment, education and protection since 2001. The Talia Agler Girls Shelter (TAGS) is CDTD’s protection arm which employs 4Rs – Reach, Rescue, Rehabilitate and Reintegrate in its work with girls and women Victims of Trafficking, GBV and other forms of rights violations. Having attended three World Conferences of Women’s Shelters (WCWS) as participants and presenters respectively, CDTD garnered learnings that enabled it to spearhead the network initiative to address emerging issues and challenges related to shelter provision and prevention of violence against women and children as a collective.
To facilitate the network formation, CDTD embarked on finding existing and functional shelters through a baseline survey conducted between October 2019 and March 2020. A total of 27 shelters were initially mapped. Between March and June 2020, the network has further mapped 10 new shelters. The network has also lobbied for collaboration with the National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC), the State Department for Gender (SDfG) and joined SDfG’s GBV Cluster Working Group and, has partnered with the Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development (CCGD) and have been instrumental during the shelters mapping.