Kenya launches the first Online GBV/HIV Knowledge Sharing Hub

The GBV/HIV Knowledge Sharing Hub is an online information sharing and learning platform that addresses the linkage between gender-based violence and HIV. Separately, GBV and HIV have been widely documented across the areas of research, policy and programming. What remains inadequately studied and documented is the convergence between the two issues and the unprecedented health, development and human rights challenges they have created.

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To address these gaps, an Online GBV/HIV Knowledge Sharing Hub has been developed to support the sharing of responses, lessons learnt, best practices, and emerging evidence in GBV/HIV response in Kenya, and hence strengthen integration of GBV and HIV at the policy and service delivery levels. The Hub, an initiative of Liverpool VCT (voluntary counselling and treatment), Care and Treatment (LVCT), development partners, and other civil society organisations in Kenya working in the area of GBV/HIV, was launched online on 1st March 2013.

The Hub explores themes on health, legal, security and community which address the linkages between GBV and HIV. It is anticipated that the Hub will progressively emerge as a one-stop shop for critical resources on GBV and HIV integration needed by researchers, policymakers, and service providers in Kenya and across the African region.

Discussion forums on the site provide registered members with a unique opportunity to engage in debates with academic peers and policy implementers in the arena of GBV and HIV. Registered GBV/HIV actors will have their details featured on the inbuilt map which will then create awareness about the services that various actors are providing to respond to GBV and HIV across the country.

All key local and international events around GBV and HIV will be featured on the Hub. This will help in coordinating the engagement in events by diverse actors. Member institutions will be at liberty to upload and publicize any events that they have organized.

MenEngage Kenya Network (MenKen) is one of the sub-grantees of the United Nation Trust Fund, and is addressing the linkage between GBV and HIV through its project, “Engaging Boys and Men in Strengthening the Implementation of GBV laws and Policies in Kenya”, targeting the Nyanza and Western provinces of Kenya.

This Hub is supported by UNTF and MenKen as part of the civil society organisations that collaborated with other UNTF grantees in Kenya such as Liverpool VCT (voluntary counselling and treatment), Care and Treatment (LVCT), Federation International De Abogadas (FIDA)-Kenya and PHR in the development of this Hub in being part of registered organisations. MenKen applauds LVCT in the launching of the Hub and encourages all relevant partners in the country to register, share widely through their networks and actively engage with it. The Hub can be accessed through www.gbvhivonline.com.

by Magdaline Mwanzia (LVCT), John Wafula (LVCT), and Catherine Githae (MenKen)