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ACTIVATING ADVOCATES: Human Rights Training Curbs Violence at Local Level


Kenya Works Community Works training forums build local capacity to end violence and promote gender equality across Kenya.

We travel to marginalized communities training local advocates to build community-driven solutions that prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV), child abuse and retrogressive practices.

The team recently wrapped the sixth four-day workshop of 2023. The training was held in Madala, a community in western Kenya with chronically high rates of violent crime and GBV as well as alcohol and drug abuse.

 

Hear from three local Madala leaders about how the KWCW training advances their anti-violence efforts

in the community.


Ms. Marceline,

Chief, Madala Location

Marceline is the first female chief in the Madala Location. Her appointment in 2008 was a shock for men in this community who marched and opposed her nomination. She has persevered and is enthusiastic about having Kenya Works as an ally.


“The enlightenment being provided by Kenya Works is such a lifesaver. Our community is recognizing the principle of gender equality. This will change the environment and encourage more women leaders to stand out and take up the positions confidently.”

 

Mr. Benard, Officer Commanding Station,

Madala Police Station

Benard served as a facilitator in the training forum, clarifying the procedures for reporting GBV cases. He clearly explained laws against GBV and punishment for violations.


“This is very encouraging. Kenya Works is creating a platform for local leaders to have a rapport with the communities they serve. This is a way of eradicating fear of approaching police officers and seeking assistance in various issues curbing the problems without intimidation.”



 

Ms. Lynne, Children’s Officer,

Shinyalu Subcounty

Lynne described the huge caseloads on her desk of children neglected and even killed as a result of being born from incest cases. Defilement cases are also on the rise.


“The Kenya Works Community Works forum enabled us to think critically and proactively so that we can approach the issues from new directions with new information to solve the problems.”





 

activating LOCAL CHANGE


Kenya Works Community Works training forums build local capacity to end violence and promote gender equality across Kenya.


We travel to marginalized communities training local advocates to build community-driven solutions that prevent and respond to GBV, child abuse and retrogressive practices.




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