About Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW)
COVAW was founded in 1995. in a workshop that identified two critical areas that no organization was dealing with- Violence against Women and the lack of women in decision making processes and that there was a need to form a Coalition that would address the same. This saw the birth of the Coalition on Violence against Women, which is now a registered non- governmental organization with the Government of Kenya. COVAW was established as a membership organization. The membership was drawn from professional and individual women and men who are committed to the eradication of violence against women and the advancement of women’s human rights in general. At the time, COVAW strived to offer and effectively manage personalized services on a voluntary basis to it’s beneficiaries in addition to the services provided by COVAW. The main aim from the start was moving the issue of violence against women from the private to the public domain- "Breaking the Silence” on Violence against Women. Since inception, COVAW has continued to be instrumental in placing violence against women as a crime and a human rights violation in the public domain and has successfully spearheaded the 16 days of Activism campaign towards women having the right to be free from violence, the right to self-defense and the right to state protection. COVAW then moved to the next level and is currently addressing the root causes of violence against women by focusing on breaking the cycle of violence against women. COVAW believes that people have the capacity to learn and change their attitudes towards women. COVAW (K) beneficiaries are therefore women and girls.