LGBTIQ+ people in Kenya frequently face violence for their gender and sexual identities. Despite legal victories in the courts, same-sex marriage is still illegal and LGBTIQ+ people confront daily discrimination.
Empowered Ladies Initiative for Equality (ELITE) connects LGBTIQ+ youth through workshops that focus on empowerment and protection from discrimination. The workshops ensure that LGBTIQ+ people know their rights and can document violence against them, devise prevention strategies, and respond to abuse in the community. In their advocacy work, ELITE trains members of local government, police, and media on LGBTIQ+ rights issues. These community leaders positively influence public perceptions and create a peaceful and just environment for LBQTIQ+ communities.