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Sexual & Gender Based Violence


Datetime: Friday, 29 July 2016 00:00
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Our work with men and boys in eradicating Sexual / Gender Based violence in Kenya

 

To increase knowledge and understanding around sexual violence prevention, manifestation and survivor support by targeting and working with men, boys and communities in Kenya and the East Africa region as a whole.

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Conflict Mitigation & anti-Radicalization


Datetime: Friday, 29 July 2016 00:00
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The recognition of the fundamental input that women & men could contribute in countering violent extremism particularly and radicalization generally is premised on the understanding that conventional faiths management composition and the diverse cultural norms, practices and stereotypes in different communities remain major bottlenecks to achieving the same. Coexist Initiative is involved in identifying, designing and proposing approaches that are assorted, contextually applicable and responsive enough to counter swiftly changing dynamics and situations. We bring our global multi-award winning skills and competencies around working with men, boys and communities to ensure that women, men, boys and girls are adequately engaged as principle partners in the fight against violent extremism

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Mainstreaming men and boys engagement in GBV programming in East Africa 

The Coexist Initiative  works in the areas of sexual and gender – based violence (SGBV) and HIV prevention in Kenya. Our main focus groups are men, boys and communities although our programs are also cross-cutting. We employ innovative, tested and integrated approaches that are simple, home-grown, participatory, holistic, and ones that reinforce existing work. Our thematic interventions are guided by research, training, synergy development, advocacy, tools development and extensive grassroots engagement. Our key revolve is to build competences, raise the levels of awareness, influence attitude/behavior change and objectively provide information. Our SGBV programming specifically focuses on addressing attitudes that generate traditions of terror and encourage the use of violence as enshrined in patriarchy, negative masculinity and the entire negative socialization processes. We reverse the trend by targeting the men and boys and working with them to change negative attitudes, practices and beliefs that put women and girls at even greater risk and vulnerability including HIV infection. We have learned over the years that brutal expressions of masculinity by men and boys remain widespread in Kenya, yet the inclusion of men and boys has not been mainstreamed in programming. The Coexist Initiative is therefore premised on the fact that GBV and other offshoots including HIV is a manifestation of unequal relations between women and men with roots deeply entrenched in social, economic and political informal conventions based on perceived men and boys “privilege” at the expense of girls and women’s vulnerability. Our work is deeply anchored on the fact that men and boys remain the main perpetrators of violence against women and girls; therefore the fundamental role of men and boys in fostering gender parity cannot be over emphasized yet largely ignored. 

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Girls Education


Datetime: Thursday, 14 July 2016 00:00
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We run several programs

Girls Education Equity project ( Daadab and Kakuma refugee camps)
Overall project goal
To promote girls primary school enrolment and retention in Daadab and Kakuma refugee camps by engaging men, boys and communities toward addressing the complex socio-cultural barriers that continue to impede girl’s education and partnering with others to provide the basic incentives to girls so as to foster girls retention in school.
Population composition of the Camp
Uganda, Ethiopia, DRC Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Southern Sudan, Somalia,

Target population
60,000 girls in 17 primary schools

Key Strategy
The project uses grass root and interactive skills to foster public discourse and engagement around the promotion of girl’s education and the girl’s subsequent retention in school.
Why the project is important
Girls in Daadab and Kakuma refugee camps are repressed by diverse attributes of male dominance, controlled by traditional perceptions of a woman, and abused by the time-honoured customs of their diverse communities. The prejudice against girls in refugee settings is not about race or ethnicity, but rather about gender and sexuality. Many of these girls have witnessed horrific scenes characterised by rape, violence, abandonment, starvation, hate and the list is endless. Girls face well-documented economic, socio-cultural, biological and protection barriers that make it more difficult for them - as girls - to access quality education. Demands on their time, conceptions of their gendered roles in the family and community, and biological factors related to their reproductive health are all obstacles to their access to quality education.

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Female Genital Mutilation


Datetime: Thursday, 14 July 2016 00:00
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Female Genital Mutilation

The immediate and long-term effects of the Female Genital Mutilation ritual perpetrated on girls are well before puberty and yet they have devastating consequences to their health and well being to an extent that they all but destroy the quality of life.

Female genital mutilation is often times performed by women on other women and young girls yet the men who are the driving force and proponents of the vice are far removed from the act itself. For us at the Coexist Initiative, female genital mutilation is part of a continuum of female body and sexuality control.

It’s a practice carried out by women for the benefit of men and for the validation of the invisible hand of patriarchy. The privileging of males that go with patriarchal systems make female genital mutilation a requirement for women’s survival not a choice and this we resolutely refuse. The practice of female genital mutilation has been marginalized as a cultural issue yet it remains one of the
worst violations of human rights for women and girls among communities that still practice it.

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Gender Based Violence


Datetime: Thursday, 14 July 2016 00:00
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Our work with men and boys in eradicating Gender/Sexual violence in Kenya

Introduction
Violence against women and girls in Kenya as it is in other parts of the world is an aftermath of profound social systems that advance and proliferate it. Attitudes that generate traditions of terror and encourage the use of violence as enshrined in patriarchy, negative masculinity and the entire negative socialization process remain ever present. Brutal expressions of masculinity by men and boys remain widespread with a 2010 Coexist report revealing that violence against women affects one in three women in Kenya. The Coexist Initiative is therefore premised on the fact that Gender based violence is a manifestation of unequal relations between women and men with roots in deeply entrenched social, economic and political informal conventions based on perceived men and boys “privilege” at the expense of girls and women’s vulnerability. Our work at Coexist is anchored on the fact that men and boys remain the main perpetrators of violence against women; therefore the fundamental role of men and boys in fostering gender parity cannot be over emphasized yet largely ignored.

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Awards Won by Coexist Initiative

  1.   Global Inter-Cultural Innovation Award - 2016 in Baku (Azerbaijan)

  2.  Avon Global Communications Award  - 2015 in USA

  3. The European / Global Intecultural Achivement Award - 2014 in Vienna

  4. Africans International Achievers Award - 2013  in London

  5. UNHCR recognition for best Practice 2015/2016

  6. Kenyatta University shield of honour 2015

  7. Commonwealth Anchor resource organization 2015

  8.  The African union technical committee member

 

 

 

 

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