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Kenya key achievements

ISF Muungano Gender Forum

2020 main results

  • During the extensive COVID-19 lockdown in Kenya, Muungano team successfully tested Facebook live sendings to replace the face-to-face forums and reach out to communities with information on VAWG, SRHR and COVID-19.
  • According to an external evaluation on the Muungano Gender Forum conducted in late 2020, the Forum has delivered results in terms of strengthened coordination and improved awareness on gender equality and women’s rights among key stakeholders.

2019 main results

  •  Muungano Gender Forum quickly gained popularity and brought every month together state and non-state actors to discuss gender issues, and to draft joint action plans to improve the lives of people—specifically women and girls—in Kisii and Nyamira.
  • The ISF facilitated county collaboration meetings for the key officials working with gender issues provided with a conducive environment for information sharing.
  • County Governments in both Kisii and Nyamira committed to undertake steps for a more gender equitable society.

2018 main results

  • Establishing the steering committee and launching the forum; the first two events both gathered over 50 participants.
  • Mapping the gender mainstreaming capacity of key staff in Kisii and Nyamira sub-counties.

Centre for Community Mobilisation and Empowerment (CECOME)

2020 main results

  • Alternative Rites of Passage (ARP) manual was finished in cooperation with ISF, CECOME, Manga Heart, community members and leaders, and local government officials. ARP is used to replicate traditional initiation rituals for pubescent and prepubescent girls who are transitioning to womanhood, but without female genital mutilation/cutting.
  • During the extensive COVID-19 lockdown in Kenya, CECOME successfully tested digital solutions to replace the planned activities and reach out to communities with information on VAWG, SRHR and COVID-19. Tested solutions included bulk SMS, Facebook live sending, video animations, and WhatsApp messages.
  • To address the partner violence highly prevalent in the lives of these women, and to mitigate the risk of their economic empowerment inducing further violence,
  • As an expert in SGBV prevention, CECOME was engaged in ISF’s emerging livelihood work in the Nyamira county. According to the baseline study conducted in 2020, 97% of the female beneficiaries had experienced partner violence in the last 12 months.

2019 main results

  • More men, women, boys and girls are aware of the harmfulness of VAWG and FGM and are actively involved in campaigns of ending such practices. Several men have changed their attitudes and perceptions and are now supporting the sessions to end VAWG and FGM.
  • Girls have gained confidence and are starting to share their opinions on different issues discussed during e.g. the monthly school workshops. The pupils’ improved self-esteem clearly shows at inter-school activities like debates, essay-writing competitions, sports, celebrating international human rights-related days and health talks.
  • The paralegal officer sensitized by CECOME has been able to follow-up cases of violence against women and girls and has successfully assisted 8 survivors of violence to get justice.

2018 main results

  •  The paralegal sensitized by the project organized several sessions on the negative consequences of violence against women and girls, mechanisms to support survivors and to prosecute perpetrators.
  • The trust has been established in the women’s groups and the women gradually start sharing their experiences on gender-based violence.

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Manga Heart Orphan Care

2020 main results

  • Alternative Rites of Passage (ARP) manual was finished in cooperation with ISF, Manga Heart, CECOME, community members and leaders, and local government officials. ARP is used to replicate traditional initiation rituals for pubescent and prepubescent girls who are transitioning to womanhood, but without female genital mutilation/cutting. Manga Heart aims to incorporate the ARP into the Mentoring Programme it has been running since 2016.
  • Manga Heart introduced Coaching Boys to Men workshops for boys.
  • During the extensive COVID-19 lockdown in Kenya, Manga Heart successfully tested digital solutions to replace the planned activities and reach out to communities with information on VAWG, SRHR and COVID-19. Tested solutions included bulk SMS, Facebook live sending, video animations, and WhatsApp messages.

2019 main results

  • For the first time, Manga Heart directly reached young girls who have not been cut yet, as well as elderly men and women who are often perseverant supporters of FGM.
  • Discussions on an alternative rite of passage (ARP) to FGM that will draw from the valued elements of Abagusii culture were initiated. The ARP will be incorporated into the Manga Heart led Holiday Mentorship Programs appealing to the local students and youth, and into the ISF led Muungano Gender Forum addressing duty bearers and traditional leaders.

2018 main results

  • Altogether 220 girls and 80 boys participated in Holiday Mentorship Programs organized during the school holiday seasons, providing the girls at risk of FGM with an alternative rite of passage.
  • The key volunteers trained by the project staff arranged altogether 500 different awareness sessions on FGM.

North Nyamira Women Savings and Credit Cooperative (NNW SACCO)

2020 main results

  • Material and technical support to 1000 farmers’ (880 women) to maintain food production in the middle of the COVID19 pandemic.
  • Cooperation with Kenyan food processing company Böna Factory, with an aim to improve women’s capacity in food safety and pre-processing and to increase women’s sales in national markets
  • Establishment of experimentation plots and visits to Universities, with an aim to promote new and economically promising crops in Nyamira.
  • Trainings in climate smart agriculture methodologies and practices in cooperation with County experts and local technical institutions

Bosinya Women Community-based Organisation 

2020 main results

  • Material and technical support to 1000 farmers’ (880 women) to maintain food production in the middle of the COVID19 pandemic.
  • A total of 40 women initiated vertical farming of vegetables.
  • Bosinya Women CBO signed a letter of intent with a local food processing company, Mace Foods, for the production and selling of vegetables.
  • To improve access to productive inputs, women were trained in producing local organic fertilizers and the use of legumes as green manure.
  • Trainings in climate smart agriculture methodologies and practices in cooperation with County experts and local technical institutions.