Feminenza in Kenya
Feminenza Kenya, formally incorporated on 24th April 2008, is part of a network of an international women’s NGO, consisting of 400 leaders and educators from 18 countries. The mission: ‘to encourage every woman’s future, and work towards a better mutuality between the genders’. Our priorities are to support UNSCR 1624, UNSCR 1325, and MDG3 by (i) developing the contribution of women to fostering a culture of peace, ii) strengthening the role of women in leadership, (iii) combating violence against women and girls through gender education for both genders.
Feminenza Kenya’s work commenced in 2005, initially with UNESCO PEER’s Culture of Peace Network, with whom we organized in 2006 a 4-day event entitled ‘Humanity and Gender’ at the UN compound in Nairobi, to which 300 NGO representatives from the Great Lakes Region attended.
In 2008 we led Transformative Leadership workshops in Mombasa serving 60 women from 18 Coastal Region CBOs.
In 2015 and 2016 we provided 2 successful consultancies for Global Communities:
1) for 60 community leaders from the 9 informal settlements of Nairobi in the context of the USAID funded ‘Kenya Tuna Uwezo’ programme, aimed at Countering Violent Extremism. Feminenza’s intervention substantially contributed to the participants of the consultancy being transformed to becoming community cohesion champions, who are instrumental in stepping down conflict in their communities on a daily basis, especially between police and civilians, where gun deaths occur on a frequent basis.
2) for 30 Gender Based Violence highly traumatised girls/young women from the Majengo informal settlement in the context of the PEPFAR/DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored and Safe) initiative. This initiative helps girls to build resilience, self-esteem and helps to combat exposure to HIV AIDS. This program supports the US Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls. The impact of our intervention has been crucial for the girls in their healing of past trauma and to be able to make best use of the opportunity of the PEPFAR/DREAMS initiative.
Our 1-year UNSCR 1325 ‘People2People’ initiative in the Rift Valley, Kenya in 2010-2011 following the Post Election Violence trained 20 women leaders to become Forgiveness and Reconciliation Counselors. It enabled grassroots women in the communities most at risk (i) to reach across party and tribal lines to secure peace and security; (ii) to play a decisive role in conflict mitigation; (iii) to grow the inner development to help individuals and groups re-humanize each other, foster empathy and mutual understanding, build trust and create healthy relationships, as a basis for long term reconciliation. 20 rural women activists, each conducted their own community peace intervention project in Nakuru, Kericho, Borabu, Sotik, Kisii, Burnt Forest, Mt Elgon, Pokot and Turkana, and were assisted with training and mentoring about fear management, forgiveness, project planning and accountability, and media strategy. The community impact was considerable, with 5000 confirmed beneficiaries and independently verifiable outcomes. The women leaders trained still substantially contribute to the cohesion and security of their communities. Some of the trainees help us in our training programmes, others have become Board members of Feminenza Kenya.
Feminenza Kenya has special consultative status with ECOSOC, (the Economic and Social Council of the UN), in the field of the Advancement of Women. The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) acknowledges Feminenza Kenya as a stakeholder for conflict resolution and peacebuilding work; our profile is in the NCIC databank. UN WOMEN, SIDA and Global Communities view Feminenza Kenya as a trusted partner.
Feminenza Kenya – Events and Workshops
Introducing Transformative Leadership
The Transformative Leadership workshop is a ten part intensive training programme, written by Mary Noble, CEO Feminenza International. Its main emphasis is towards developing the self leadership skills necessary to help women become leaders of society. This training is specialized and designed for women, and it is aimed at providing the tools to discover and guide long term solutions into place. (View PDF)
UN Women Report: Feminenza’s Forgiveness and Reconciliation Counsellor Training Pilot
In January 2008 conflict erupted in Kenya. The causes were long standing and complex, brought to a head by the same catalysts that had previously led to the Rwandan genocide in 1994: (i) politicians manipulating ethnic tension into ethnic violence (ii) the mass media broadcasting ethnic intolerance on a large scale (iii) militia and youth gangs organizing, bypassing civil society’s checks and balances and progressing carnage and looting into play.
The areas covered by this pilot – in particular Brook (near Kericho), Kericho Town, Barut (Nakuru), Rongai, Solai, Borabu and Sotik, Kisii, Turkana, Pokot, Emia and Cheptais (in Mount Elgon), Burnt Forest, Eldoret and Kenyenya (Kisii) were profoundly affected, accounting for 87% of fatalities and injuries from the 2008 post-election violence (PEV).
An enormous response was made, internationally and locally, to learn from what happened and to restore stability, leading to documentation of the events, a review of the land issues, constitutional and electoral reform, realignment of the police force and judiciary, engagement of the youth in development and encouragement in civil and democratic participation. [Read report (PDF)]
Global Communities Report: Feminenza’s 5-day Trauma Counselling/Healing Workshop
In April 2015, Feminenza Kenya was invited by Global Communities to facilitate a two week trauma counselling capacity building workshop for 60 beneficiaries of the USAID funded Kenya Tuna Uwezo programme from the informal settlements of Nairobi. Global Communities sponsored the training and mobilized local partner organizations to identify the 60 participants ranging from Non-governmental Organization networks, Community Based Organizations, Faith Based Organizations, Self-help Groups, Youth Organizations, District Peace Committees, Community Policing Initiatives, Residence Associations, Uwezo Fund, Youth Cohesion Champions and Individual Community Volunteers. Participants were from both Muslim and Christian faiths. [Read report (PDF)]
Understanding and Managing Fear Workshop, Nakuru 2009
This report presents the thoughts, experiences and recommendations from participants that emanated from a May 2009 Feminenza workshop, entitled ‘How to understand, confront and handle fear in a constructive way’. The workshop served as an introduction to elements of module 1 of Feminenza’s training for Forgiveness and Reconciliation Counsellors, which has been created to train women in their own communities as Forgiveness and Reconciliation Counsellors so that they can effectively contribute to sustainable peace. [Read report (PDF)]
Extract from Feminenza’s Humanity and Gender Conference, Nairobi 2006
In January 2006, a conference took place in Kenya, at the United Nations headquarters in Nairobi, hosted by Feminenza International in association with UNESCO PEER, entitled ‘Humanity and Gender, a Gathering of Vision in a Time of Change’ (Utu na Undugu). Speakers and delegates came from all over the Great Lakes region of East Africa and from around the world, and during four days of intensive process, many vital issues were raised which affect both men and women – now and into the future. This book is a record of the keynote speeches and other presentations given at the conference by invited guests, many highly distinguished figures in their own field. [Read Extract (PDF)]
Feminenza’s 5 Day Trauma Counselling / Healing Workshop for Global Communities: DREAMS Initiative, 13-17 June 2016
In April 2016, Feminenza Kenya was invited by Global Communities to facilitate a one week trauma healing workshop for 30 beneficiaries of the PEPFAR/USAID funded DREAMS programme from the Kamukunji Sub-County of Nairobi City County. Global Communities sponsored the workshop, working in partnership with two local organizations – St John’s Community Centre (SJCC) and the Kenya Girl Guide Association (KGGA) to identify the 30 Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) who could most benefit from this program, due to the severity of the traumatic experiences they had been through. The story of this successful intervention was captured in a report.