OurEnd Gender Based Violence projects began in 2016. Now in Phase 3, the projects aim to equip teens with life skills, knowledge about Gender Based Violence, and art skills to enable young people address GBV, by educating their communities, on effects and causes of GBVs.
In Kenya, GBV is so rampant that almost every child can vividly narrate a case of violence from home or their neighborhood. According to 2014 Kenya Domestic Household Survey (KDHS), 38% of women aged 15-49 reported physical violence, 14% reported sexual violence, while most cases go unreported. According to statistics, Kenya Police Service received 3,596 defilement cases; 913 of rape; 242 of incest and 124 of sodomy. LVCT Health also reported 5,143 cases of GBV. Out of these, 41% were girls aged 12-17, and 32% were women aged 18-49. Yet, the VOICES of girls and boys are so silent, that when GBV occurs either directly or indirectly, caregivers, media, and authorities give them little or no focus. The impact of GBV on them is far-reaching, making most of them to grow up with trauma and dark memories, which inhibit their social and physical performance.
Phase 1: Teens Weave Stars to End Violence Project
Directly engaged over 1000 teens in Machakos, Nairobi, Kirinyaga, and Mombasa counties through school-based Safe Spaces, which entailed weaving stars using paper ribbons; a fun-activity that symbolized lighting up the darkness of violence in their lives and communities. Further, our Facilitators (youth) engaged teens in participatory learning about GBV: Forms of GBV, Causes, Gender Stereotypes and Discrimination, Effects, Warning Signs, Respectful Relationships, and Action against GBV.
Over 7500 stars were weaved by teens and facilitators. The stars were displayed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia…as part of the “One Million Stars to End Violence Campaign”
Phase 2: Teens Voices Against Violence Project
Teens Voices against Violence (TVAV) project aims to tackle Gender Based Violence by engaging young people (13-19years) to raise their voices and speak about causes & effects of GBV, thereby implore caregivers and authorities to act. TVAV engages teens in Nairobi’s informal settlements and rural areas to create inclusive safe spaces, for participatory learning about GBV:
Forms of GBV, Causes, Gender Stereotypes and Discrimination, Effects, Warning Signs, Respectful Relationships, and Action against GBV. In groups, participants design creative stories, poems, skits, and songs as a form of educating their communities, caregivers and authorities, on the far-reaching effects of GBV on young people.
Life-Skills Training Program
This program aims to equip young people (13-19 yrs) with 21st Century skills and other skills necessary for them to champion positive change in their communities. During day-long workshops, young people are engaged by mentors in participatory learning sessions and games.
Guidance & Mentorship Program
The goal of this program is to offer guidance and mentorship on career choices to young people in high school. This enables our young people to make informed career choices, in a job market that is highly
characterized by mismatched skills supply and demand. As such, we contribute towards reducing youth unemployment by exposing young people to high-on-demand career paths, through early stage mentorship and guidance.