ILO & WOFAK Join Forces to Empower HIV-Affected Women

By: GWL Team | Friday, 14 June 2024

In order to economically empower women living with and affected by HIV, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has been in an alliance with Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya (WOFAK) as part of the UN Joint Team on HIV initiatives in association with the UNAIDS Global Strategy 2021-2026 on End Inequalities and END AIDS.

In the year 2021, this collaboration was begun in order to mitigate the unprecedented COVID-19 Pandemic’s negative socioeconomic impacts in a joint coordination with UNAIDS, UNICEF, and UNDP. During the same year, WOFAK members has been trained by ILO via their women groups on certain prowess like business skills in addition to providing business start-up kits with cohesion to financial services providers in counties such as Kilifi, Nairobi, and Homabay.

Dr Hellen Magutu Amakobe, National Project Coordinator of ILO Kenya stated, “The ILO in Kenya has been strengthening the world of work response towards HIV by supporting work-based programs and enhancing HIV-sensitive social protection. Some of our key interventions include the VCT@Work initiative and the ongoing partnership with WOFAK to train individuals in entrepreneurship and business as a socio-economic mitigation model.”

This partnership shall benefit the women who are fighting AIDS in Kenyan Vicinity. This joint collaboration between all these firms and agencies, serving as mediums of change, will transform the lives of many women.