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Apr 4 2017


Nairobi Kenya

In a lively room in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum, a group of women have gathered to discuss how to keep the upcoming Kenyan election free from violence. The women are not politicians, election officials or campaigners – they are grassroots activists, working with their communities to keep the peace on August 8.

In the lead-up to the election, they and 800 other women volunteers will look for early warning signs of violence, inform the police of what they find, map “trouble zones” and host dialogue forums. On polling day, they will monitor polling station lines and urge people to go straight home after voting.

The three-day workshop was organized by Jane Anyango, a seasoned activist from Kibera. In the aftermath of the 2007 Kenyan election, she created the group Kibera Women for Peace and Fairness to combat the violence that erupted in Kibera.

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