Established in 2000, we are an international non-profit network, of approximately 500 women and men, dedicated to helping women and youth, wherever possible, to take charge of their lives. We share the values of upholding our common humanity as one human race, and supporting the dignity of every life.
Towards this end, we provide non-formal, voluntary and reflective education programmes to post-conflict, traumatised and disadvantaged communities and youth and their leaders/youth workers, working with both individuals and communities, with grass roots organisations, schools, shelters, NGOs, security agencies, healthcare clinics and community social care providers.
Our work first commenced in the USA, Europe, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Within a few years, at UNESCO PEER’s invitation, we worked in East Africa helping NGOs, grassroots organisations, and schools and churches to assist women, youth workers and youth at risk, disadvantaged youth and communities at risk of conflict to establish inside-out, ground up community recovery. In 2009-2010, to support UN WOMEN’s UNSCR 1325 programme, we trained and mentored 20 women and youth leaders to restore peace, develop and sustain reconciliation ground up, in the communities most affected by Kenya’s 2008 violence. SIDA – the Swedish International Development Agency found that the project ‘contributed to increased women’s decisive role in conflict resolution at the local level through capacity building of select women leaders and women in district peace committees (DPCs) in conflict prone areas’. In the 10 years which followed, USAID, UN WOMEN, SIDA and DFID independently verified the effectiveness of our work in the development of gender respect, community resilience development, peace, reconciliation and forgiveness. We’ve worked with the military, police, pastors, municipal elders, schools – helping communities to build bridges and restore confidence.
In North America we have assisted Washington State with homeless women, supported Arizona with the rehabilitation of African conflict refugees. In New York we helped disadvantaged teenager girls to initiate change in their communities. In Europe we have assisted refugees in Denmark, the Traveller community in Ireland, abused women and French African refugees in the Netherlands. The European agencies, particularly Erasmus, have since sponsored us to work with youth and youth workers – from the EU28 states, Jordan, Israel, Turkey, and Jordan – working with disadvantaged youth, migrants, displaced persons, victims of forced marriage and gender-based violence.
The list of beneficiary countries grows every year, as does the number of women and men willing to assist in our mission around the world. Formal Feminenza chapters now exist in the USA and Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, France, Israel, Kenya and New Zealand – with more coming online every year. Educational content, training standards, corporate oversight and audit is undertaken by Feminenza International (the standards body).
Feminenza International is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, and is registered with the Charity Commission in the UK, No.1170535.
Correspondence address: PO Box 638, Orpington, Kent BR5 1XU, United Kingdom
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