who we are

Dhobi Women Network is a Women Rights and Not for Profit Organization registered in Kenya that champions the rights of women and girls domestic workers (Dhobi women) since 2010 through advocacy initiatives, legal representation and entrepreneurship

our mission

o provide a platform where women domestic/casual workers consolidate their position to improve their condition and realize their full potential

our vision

Society where Women Domestic Workers enjoy all their rights and apply their agency

Latest Causes

20 September 2021

DWN Partners with USIU

Dhobi Women Network in partnership with USIU speak up club,shared a platform where women from 5 informal settlements shared their journey and how after joining the network they have been able to gain Knowledge and become Network champions on labour rights,gender based violence,as well as trainers of trainers of others. The club patron and members promised to continue with the partnership as it exposed the students to the outside world and how to engage in helping the vulnerable in the communities. The club donated clothes and food stuffs which were to be distributed in 5 informal settlements in Nairobi County. More areas of partner's were to be identified and USIU club members to participate in Dhobi Women organized community events such as clean ups, mental health trainings/counseling clinics, donations drive to help the most vulnerable in communities..

23 September 2021

DWN trains women domestic workers training on Labour rights, Gender Based Violence and Mental health

On Tuesday, 13rd September 2021, Dhobi Women Network held stakeholders training on Labour rights, Gender Based Violence and Mental health. We had representatives from police gender desks, administration,County Government Mombasa,union KUDHEIHA,CSOs network in Mombasa Kituo Cha Sheria,Fida Kenya,Sauti ya wanawake,Muhuri.and other networks. They made a commitment to change their attitude while handling domestic workers cases and help them through referrals to other stakeholders as well as share the USSD Code *483*143#

March 2021

DWN launches an emergency USSD code for SGBV survivors to access help

During last year world Justice Project global competition, DWN was awarded and won global recognition for coming up with solutions of a reporting system to report problems that were affecting women and communities during the pandemic. DWN used the funds to launch an emergency code for gender-based violence survivors to access help. The USSD code *483*143# provides a one-stop platform for reporting incidents, connecting with a hospital for treatment, receiving tele-counselling, and finding a shelter. The organization has launched the USSD Code in two major counties (towns) and continues to look for more resources to launch it in 45 more counties in Kenya. During the first month of the launch,the code reached more than 500 people with high number of GBV cases and labour being reported. 

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April 2021

Championing for a world without Gender Based Violenc

Group Photo of women domestic workers after being trained by Dhobi Women Network on their labour rights and GBV in Mom County. In attendance were duty bearers who joined the women and made a commitment to support them whenever they fae any act of violations. Informal workers are routinely excluded from economic and political decision-making, and their work is systematically devalued and made invisible. The COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified these dynamics and has resulted in skyrocketing rates of domestic violence, bringing a renewed urgency to address poverty, exclusion and precarious work. It's the high time we start discussing the impact of gender-based violence and harassment in the informal economy among women and girls.

February 2021

DWN trains women domestic workers on human rights protection, reporting and redress

DWN through the support of OXFAM in collaboration with the Kituo Cha Sheria trained (67) women domestic workers champions and (17) men on human rights protection, reporting and redress as well as start grassroots/community led networks/chapters in Mombasa County. The training objective was to create awareness and build the capacity of women domestic workers champions on their labour rights as well as start networks in their arears to address human rights violations in their communities.

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1 May 2022

Dhobi Women Network marks 57th National Labour Day

During the 57th National Labour Day, Dhobi Women Network in partnership with other 10 grassroots Women Domestic workers groups, commemorated the day by Launching Nairobi County Chapter where they called on the Government to ratify ILO Convention C 189 on descent work. The women supported the move by signing the banner and petition to the government. It was also time for them to share their experiences and encourage each other in the sector by playing soccer as a symbol of unity and dealing with mental health and psycho social challenges they go through during their day to day activities as domestic workers. 

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