Creating Opportunities for
Women and Youth

Reducing HIV Infection among Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Kenya

According to the Kenya National Aids Control Council (NACC), 52,800 new HIV infections occurred among adults in 2017. Of the new adult HIV infections, 44,800 (84.8%) occurred among adults aged 15 years and above, majority of who were young women.

Extreme household poverty and lack of economic livelihoods, deprivation of material resources such as housing, food and healthcare and a desire for fashionable goods, high unemployment rates and lack of employable skills coupled with lack of information /knowledge on HIV transmission and associated risk factors are the main causes to the souring HIV prevalence rate among young women in Kenya. It is linked to riskier behavior such as transactional or other forms of sex work which dramatically increases the risk of HIV infection among adolescent girls and young women.

ACWICT’s intervention in this sector recognizes that availability and accessibility to employment opportunities, whether formal or informal can be critical factors in deterring young women from transactional sex work and significantly decrease their exposure risk to HIV. We believe that employment is the surest way for the young women to achieve their financial independence and shun away from using sex as currency or tolerate sexual infidelity all together and gain pathways out of poverty.

Initiatives

For the last two decades, we have been working to address the problem of unemployment through the following initiatives.

Vusha Girls Employability Program (VGEP) 2.0

Vusha Girls Employability Program(VGEP) 2.0  ‘Vusha’ is a Kiswahili word for transition. Vusha Girls Employability Program is a demand-driven workforce development program that builds the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that young women need to obtain...

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COVID-19 and Digital Employability Programme

ACWICT has received funding support from the UKAID to equip 1,000 unemployed/underemployed young women aged 18-34 years from informal settlements and rural Kenya, including those who lost their jobs/business opportunities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic with market-driven online/digital work skills to enable them become re-employed or secure new employment and business opportunities. At

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Solutions for Youth Employment

In June 2019, ACWICT, after a rigorous evaluation by the World Bank’s Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE)’s coalition independent selection panel, was accepted to join the membership of S4YE’s external community of practice, the Impact Portfolio. As a member of the S4YE Impact Portfolio, ACWICT joins a new community of innovative youth employment projects from

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Events

Our vision is a world where all people, women and men have equal opportunities to access and use information/knowledge for their social, economic and political advancement.

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August Friday

COVID-19 and Digital Employability Programme Launch Webinar

Join us as we look to address the objective behind the intervention and also how

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August Thursday

Emerging Models from Sub-Saharan Africa

Fostering Sustainable Livelihoods for Adolescent Girls and Young Women  

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May Saturday

ACWICT AND GSMA Sub Saharan Africa Tech4Girls Webinar

In our sustained efforts in leveraging digital transformation to ensure 'No one is left behind,'

Our Impact

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