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Preventing Violent Extremism for children in conflict with the law

UNODC in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, through its Department of Children Services, is supporting a rehabilitation and reintegration initiative for adolescent girls in conflict with the law at the Kirigiti Rehabilitation School and Dagoretti Rehabilitation School in Kenya.

The initiative seeks to empower adolescent girls and provide them with life-skills, entrepreneurship skills, education and vocational training, as well as psycho-social support.

UNODC carried out a Needs Assessment on rehabilitation homes, borstal institutions and prisons in Kenya. The findings of this assessment highlighted the challenges of reintegration of at-risk youth, especially young women and adolescent girls, who too often are unable to return to their homes and have no means to sustain themselves.


Under this initiative, UNODC has launched the Designing Dreams fashion design and entrepreneurship programme together with local fashion designers and the Kenyan Government. The participating designers, all of whom have contributed on a voluntary basis, are Henry Wanjala, Naomi Nganga, Larry Luchera and Owino Akinyi.

The first cohort of 13 adolescents who have completed their creations following dressmaking training at their schools will present their designs at the fashion show to be held at the UN Office in Nairobi in February 2020. 

The fashion event will serve to diminish the strong stigmatization surrounding this vulnerable group of youth that makes them susceptible to crime, human trafficking, substance use and radicalization.


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Email: unodc-easternafrica@un.org