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 in 2015. 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.
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 in 2016. 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. Read the full report on the DREAMS programme.
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A 1-year UNSCR 1325, UN WOMEN/SIDA funded, ‘People2People’ initiative in the Rift Valley, after the 2008 Post Election Violence, trained 20 women leaders to become Forgiveness and Reconciliation Counsellors. It enabled women (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. The community impact was considerable, with 5000 confirmed beneficiaries and independently verifiable outcomes. The alumni substantially contribute to the cohesion and security of their communities. Read our report: Feminenza’s Forgiveness and Reconciliation Counsellor Training Pilot (2010-2011) in Kenya, report to UN WOMEN.
In 2006 Feminenza partnered with UNESCO PEER to host a 4-day conference at the UN Compound in Nairobi, Kenya, entitled Humanity and Gender. Subsequently, Feminenza has implemented and successfully executed a number of educational projects in East Africa, on Humanity and Gender, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, and Gender Respect. We have collaborated with NGOs throughout the Great Lakes Region and, in recent years, the Rift Valley, helping women from all tribes and party lines to rebuild peace and provide forgiveness and reconciliation.
Charter for Compassion
Feminenza is a signatory to the Charter for Compassion, which states:
We believe that a compassionate world is a peaceful world.
We believe that a compassionate world is possible when every man, woman and child treats others as they wish to be treated–with dignity, equity and respect.
We believe that all human beings are born with the capacity for compassion, and that it must be cultivated for human beings to survive and thrive.
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Erasmus plus is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. In 2018, Erasmus plus, under their youth mobility funding which supports the professional development of youth workers, funded the Feminenza 5-Day Trauma Healing Workshop Experience in Wales which was attended by Participants from Partner youth organisations in the Netherlands, Italy, UK and Ireland. Full Report for Erasmus + Trauma Healing Workshop Experience.