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Mama Shwari- Cradle of Women Violence Prevention - UPDATED with Experience Map - /05/14

There has been over 20 monthly incidents of unreported assaults or domestic violence, defilement against women and girls. Perceptions of increased Domestic violence on women was high in Kisii as attributed by the Kisii Community Safety Audit 2010. I met Mary Kwamboka was abandoned and separated from her husband leaving her in a desperate situation. Later, she was attacked by small traders, insulted for encroaching into the road by the county government officials and money stolen by young thugs who live at the side streets of Kisii town. Even her children complained of neglect due to her lack of money to cater for their food and clothing.

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Like other women, Mary will be “a Mama Shwari” a cradle of women transformation and hope in safety. It is about women adopting communities’ strategies through family parenting sessions, support groups that encourage socio-economic sustenance among the women including home visits to each other that keeps safer and engaged in community activities.

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The idea will target women from difficult and violent situation associated with their families and communities . some of them are either widows, single or divorced. Mama Shwari as noted at the enter phase will help choose the right beneficiaries through local government, NGO/CBOs, faith based organizations and other related community organizations. The idea hopes to ensure that beneficiaries capacity is enhanced using new skills at sessions, support groups and even exchange information during the visits to their houses to restore confidence.

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HOW MAMA SHWARI WILL WORK?............................. 1) Enter - Mama Shwari Mobilization............................... Community mobilization strategy that incorporate government (local public administration, children and gender offices), local community organizations (NGOs/CBOs), religious organizations, etc. Enrollment criteria for Mama Shwari developed to attract 50-60 women. Mama Shwari Outlook Paper: 5 stages of approach of growing deeper, reaching wider: key input – Parenting training, Safety Support groups, Mapping memories and stories; and Mama Shwari Cradle of fame for recognition................................ 2) Encounter - Mama Shwari Parenting and women safety Training 6 Family parenting and women safety sessions on self-awareness, Training guide encompass ideas from “walk in her shoes” toolkit for GBV prevention network and CECOME parenting manual Mentor for support, follow-up and supervision....................... 3) Embrace - Mama Shwari support group and home visits Safety support groups stimulate dialogue and offer peer counseling Groups share their savings every week into Mama Shwari Family Scheme for household support 30 Home visits conducted to appreciate bondage, dialogue and share gifts.................. 4) Engage - Mama Shwari Memories Book & Cradle of Fame Mapping Mama Shwari Memories Books/DVD: share stories, songs, foods, styles of clothing, interactions and photos; even memorable quotes. Given the challenges of interfacing digital and analogue process in rural Kenya; the process has been review to allow women will share memories throughout into Books/DVD and Web platform Celebrate recognition of Women Safety efforts including best practices into Mama Shwari Cradle of Fame........................
Women living in difficult violent siutations are hawking sweets or selling vegetable in unsafe streets of the town. They engage in risky behaviours, crime, violence and unacceptable means of generating income in commercial sex work, consumption or sell of illicit drugs and alcohol.
 
Unfavorable family situations encourage these women to move out and fend for their families. They end up spending most of their time in their business which hinders them to play their parenting role, leading their children into criminality.
 
We have been to build this idea:
Does the idea make women feel safer; how can we make it look better? Are there technologies for women reflections and sharing of memories? How can women sustain their engagement in ‘Mama Shwari’ to be cradle of women violence prevention?
 

Explain your idea in one sentence.

Mama Shwari is a Swahili meaning of ‘a Woman Able to Stand Out’ in the community, to provide resilience and support to other women also experiencing abusive and violent relationships to become a cradle for violence prevention within the family level.

What is the need you are trying to solve?

Community discourse in (Kisii) Kenya are increasing around sexual and gender based violence are closely connected to those of weakening family values. They are debated in the most emotive way. Women are subjected to unsafer family and community conditions, women who are the victim remains with all the psychological problems. Evidence of this process, shall be based on what the participating women are doing to turn around their families.

Who will benefit from this idea and how would you monitor its success?

Women experiencing abuse, violence or at risk of violence will be the primary beneficiaries during family parenting sessions learn about parenting and women safety, sharing experiences in support groups and visiting each other at their houses while sharing gifts. Their experiences through this initiative shall greatly influence their family, and transform them into a cradle for non-violence. Monitoring success will be in three levels at sessions, during the support group experiences and home visits to women’s houses. Information will be document in memories books/DVD even on the web platform and interface with the local community dialogue process. There will be Mama Shwari Cradle of Fame to celebrate recognition of women efforts on safety

Who would be best equipped to implement this idea in the real world? You? Your organisation? Another organisation or entity?

Local community organizations will be the paramount avenue for women safety organizing and implementation. Mama Shwari will incorporate women with difficult family challenges into organization management. Local government representatives will play significant part to ensure sustainability to other resources and goodwill for the process.

Where should this idea be implemented?

local community areas, towns even informal settlements in western part of Kenya where women who have separated, widowed are experiencing difficulties with safety, crime and violence. Mama Shwari will be replicated to ensure sense of transformation and hope.

How might you prototype this idea and test some of the assumptions behind it?

We have contact local organization on the ground to help try out the idea. The process of partnership will be consultative and strive to build up this idea into a reality. Prototyping For Mama Shwari Outline for Mapping Memories that share their experiences, stories and photos Guideline for training, support groups and visits Guideline for Family Scheme for household support Outline of Mapping memories book/DVD including Maps Benchmarks for Cradle of Fame

What might a day in the life of a community member interacting with your idea look like?

The women will interact with the idea throughout the week at their houses and neighbour hood, market and businesses with their customers and other social places through women friends and groups who have been trained about parenting and women safety for 6 months; Women in their support groups will have weekly meetings that shares their outcomes in local chief's meetings and participating in other NGO/CBOs workshop and media talks will also offer opportunity for women to articulate their issues. The ultimate point of the idea will be cradle of fame that forms the highest epic point for women champions. The Memories of stories in the community will be shared to tell others of the milestones that women overcome to ensure their safety as a benchmark for best practices.

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I opened facebook page for mama shwari.....https://www.facebook.com/mamashwari.........I ask for more interaction beyond to make this idea a reality and viable for women in the community

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The process is building up in face book as Mama Shwari remains the great philosophy of "growing deeper reaching wider"

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The number signing up to support Mama Shwari keeps raising up tempo for women safety. The philosophy is getting into more and more people as they interact with the good words of Mama Shwari....

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I thank all who supported and applause into the Mama Shwari idea. I beleive that community organizing is about community mobilization and positioning women safety issues in the right places for action.

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I laud this idea for getting in touch with the women in the community and talking to them is an art. it requires special sensitivity to establish a deep link.

I support the going deeper into detecting hidden truths requires continuous improvement in the defining of our approach to understand the environment.

Especially when it seems that it's a different world we are to observe and live.
At this point is where I think you have broken the paradigms, hidden truths and specific contexts of knowledge and learning during the support group and home visits.

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this is a great revelation to drive Mama Shwari into reality

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I can see the value in knowledge sharing, support group, home visits and memories book that captures success stories that is very exemplifying. I have interacted with your team and noted that the idea makes it easier for women to keep addressing their women safety issues continuously.

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Thanks Nasreen for the Value you see in this process. I look forward to hearing from you

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i appreciate your comments and foresight

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I thought you might be interested in this approach from the US NGO - they frame domestic violence as a community wide issue and have also brought youth in as peer educators in addition to using digital stories to break silence. http://www.c2home.org/

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Natasha, thanks and your response and look forward to adopting some of the ideas during the prototyping

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Natasha and Rapudo this is brilliant idea

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I believe the stories speak volumes for every process and thereby we feeling the effect of adopting this approach into Mama Shwari.

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I find this idea shared by Natasha better to incorporate when refining your idea

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Stories are the gem of any community; the fact that the women will be sharing stories makes change invertible. Our history, beliefs and myths were shared through stories. Therefore from learning, women have to tell their stories in support groups, business and homes through visits of solidarity and gifts sharing that uplift women safety including appreciation.

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The focus on women has the following rationale:

Women rarely have ownership and control over land. Even where there is formal recognition for women’s ownership and/or control over land, actual control is still in the hands of male family members. Women and minority groups rarely sit in the governance institutions (traditional or formal) that make decisions on land. And where they do, the power relations with other members hinder the effective articulation of women’s requirements and issues and their participation in decision-making. Lack of literacy often causes women’s lack of power in these spaces.

Most women (and many men) in rural communities only have insecure land tenure. This makes women more predisposed to dispossession. We have seen an increase in land dispossession of widows and orphans due to the HIV and AIDs pandemic. Land held in trust for rural populations by central or decentralised governments, or in communal or public land is most susceptible to land grabs. Land is being grabbed on a large scale for biofuels production, food production for export and the carbon market or extractive industry ( like Soap Stone in Kisii), with women particularly affected.

Patriarchal practices subjugate women within families and communities. In all forms of land tenure systems, communal, private, public or as commons, women’s rights to land are often limited to access, which is often only at the whims of and subject to maintaining a good relationship with male relatives. Many national constitutions and laws including Kenya, treat matters of land ownership, inheritance and transfer and property sharing in marriage and divorce under personal law. This perpetuates discrimination on the basis of culture. Moreover, there is threat of real and potential violent backlash where women assert their rights to control land.

To address some of these challenges, we need to support rural women in Kisii to have improved access to and control over land, including supporting its sustainable use. At national level, we will lobby and campaign for changes in attitudes and practices to support women’s ownership of and control over land and natural resources. We will lobby the state to protect common property resources (such as water and forests) from privatization. At the international level, we will work with allies to ensure support for adoption of international land governance guidelines that support women’s rights to land and common property rights.

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Bernard, i agree that patriarchal practices are pegged on people myths and attitude that define cultural practices in the community. I hope Mama Shwari will be able to define its engagement that provide a new platform will new tools for information and experiential sharing on access and ownership of land.

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Bernard and Hawi, the practices were are still strong. however i thought that you need to be creative to initiate a women led conversation, and allow them to share views and start developing ideas across villages and towns, having physical encounters will be vital.

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this idea if well implemented can improve our women especially in rural areas.

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Ernest, it take a big effort and small steps as noted in the Mama Shwari projects to inspire women with low esteem and troubled lifestyles to be offered space for dialogue, personal visits to each other and economic support

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Thanks, the process is growing better and bigger. It takes Shwari women to make better informed and empowered women. A much needed effort to make us feel safer.

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great project. thanks

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lets hold our hands together and support our sisters and mothers.

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Charles, we believe in the pillar of community dialogue and pulling togetherness in the drive against women safety. Ultimately, the uniqueness of the project will be about to enter, to encounter, to embrace and to engage women into their safety

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What the new idea relating to implementing this idea in the community? Should this be supported based on the energies to integrate women and related stakeholders?

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This is great initiative for women safety . I am proud to be associated with this project

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Thanks Kennedy for your efforts in supporting this great idea

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This is great. I have worked in Kisii areas and evidently, women dis-empowerment is key concern. A program that ultimately intends to cause sustainable change on the GBV status in this region has to focus on giving women a voice, a voice which they must progressively gain through awareness on their rights and participation in economic empowerment.

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andrew, this idea is glowing with new refined comments and encouragement to give women voice on safety matters

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After talking to women i this week of April n kisii; with my other team members we noted that prototype as a engagement process to be successfully has to relate to local community values, adopt to local settings away from boardroom and incorporate informal dialogue. It was great to listen to the women tell their stories as owners of Mama Shwari.

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It is very true that if we adopt the local context , the community will be able to look at the issues from the actual local settings. This will enable them adopt local solutions to their local problems.

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Rapudo,

great to see your idea evolve and hear that meeting with women in the local communities brought you more insights and support for this idea.

With the Design Tinkering club, we are also working on our idea and trying to get feedback from different organizations working with local communities: http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/ideas/bindis-community-concierges-to-inform-connect-and-empower
We had connected with you earlier on in this phase.
We were wondering if based on your current work, you had more insights on who are the potential mama shwari / bindis (we believe there are women in the community who are already connectors and trusted by others), what are their needs and what would be the incentive mechanisms for them to become a mama shwari / bindi?

Thank you in advance for your help!

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Thanks Stella, we take note that local setting determine values and beliefs of women at their place of interactions beyond the training sessions. The dialogue continues as they connect with each other during support groups and home visits. Women supported this as important avenue for addressing their safety issues as they form pillar of strength against each vulnerabilities.

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Anne,

Thank you for your following on community work on http://openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/ideas/mama-shwari-cradle-of-women-violence-prevention

On Wednesday morning i met about 30 women at hall with Stella Cecome, my colleagues to discuss about the women safety in Kisii. The needs of the women varied as they were either separated, widowed, single or in troubled relationships. However while engaging with them we develop a profile analysis that i will share later in the stage of the project

in looking at the their needs women recognize their challenges: lack of collateral support their small businesses, family conflicts due to alcohol and drugs, lack of education and parenting skills, stigma and discrimination for being a widow, disabled or single. Meeting family basic needs as education, shelter and food insecurity. Poor working conditions and harassment from the institutions that collect levies and tax.

To meet their needs dealing with challenges: The women manage to borrow and save their monies to support their own businesses Joining support groups and engage in guidance and counseling including seeking spiritual guidance. Alternative justice for instance involving the village elders and the children’s office. Engaging in subsistence farming and agri-business. Readjustment of the family needs e.g. changing their children from private to public schools to access free primary education.

we hope to set out incentive mechanisms to be a Mama Shwari adopts the approach "growing deeper, reaching wider". it adopts social and psychological aspect- training, support group and visits to women to enhance safety. Economic aspect that attribute to them saving the monies into a Family Scheme for household support.

Women are very excited are ongoing with process as we move on!!! I will be sharing the photos soon!

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Great!...keep up fellas!

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Thanks Victor for your compliments

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Are there organisations on the ground that will help propel this idea? it sounds like a great idea that can positively empower women. I would love to work with you

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Alex , thank you for your concern to work with us . Your ideas are most welcome to make this idea create more impact in the community . There are organizations on the ground that will help make the idea work.Some of these organizations are members of the Kisii safety forum and crime prevention group . Their efforts including yours will create great impact in the community.

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This is great initiative to learn about community women safety that is becoming a paramount human right issue

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Empowering women is a step towards empowering a whole community. great idea

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Pam thanks for your comments....we are entering into important phase of applause and refinement.....it will be critical to support this initiatives to drive change on women safety

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i am looking forward to refinement of the project

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Eric, Refinement process has just commenced in our locality to make the idea response to pertinent issues of needs and concerns of women. the reality of women safety?

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We need to create a power balance between women and men by focusing our attention to women empowerment projects that will enable them generate income. This will balance the already unequal power and men will see women in Kisii more as equal partners in raising their families and not as objects for domestic violence.

Our analysis of poverty and inequality places women’s rights as central to achieving change. Thus women’s rights must be at the heart of our support and campaigning. However, far too often this doesn’t happen meaningfully.

Sometimes the campaign story is “about women” without bringing the underlying differences between women and men into the heart of the campaign. Likewise, adding in a gender perspective after doing the main analysis leads to including phrases like “especially women and girls”, and it remains an add-on to the campaign’s aims and approaches.

We need to integrate and ask questions at each stage of the campaign design and planning, including: Is gender integrated in the background analysis? Is this well reflected in the goals and objectives? Is it considered within the power analysis? Are women’s organisations strong in the alliance?

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Bernard, I take that the campaign hots as we are holding series of meetup with beneficiaries to discuss the differences of power relations between women and women also women and men that affect effective articulation of women issues and their participation in decision-making.

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Good idea.women should be supported as everyone needs them.

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Yes. Askah women support trickles down to the family and their neglect affect development. That is why supporting this initiative will help women become cradle of violence prevention

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Askah , Women have wonderful ideas when organized they can transform their families and the community at large. women can also be great peace ambassadors in the society.

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Its time we stand and protect our mamas , sisters, daughters and every member of the female gender against violence...its high time we stand and empower our mamas because through them we realize our dreams....this is a great course mr. Rapudo...we are in and in full support...

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Joshua....it is confirmed that Mama (Mother) is the foundation of the house; their strength and zeal drive family prosperity. Their insecurity from violence and crime has affected community to deliver national development thereby influencing poverty in the community.

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Rapudo,
I love how this idea encourages community involvement and ownership. I am very excited to see the response and excitement of other community members, especially those who are geographically close to you.
What is the most basic way you could start trying out a test of this idea in the real world? Do you have women in mind or are there women part of the OpenIDEO community who can start as Mama Shwaris? Are there NGOs or other organisations where you live that are working in a similar space that you can learn from?
I look forward to seeing this idea develop. Keep us posted.

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Luisa Covaria,

I am excited with the dialogue that is ongoing in this platform. This process emanates from series of pilot processes that were held in Kisii since January 2014. We contact our women led partners in the community discussed on the criterion for engaging the women in need and even helped in mobilization strategy.

In start of the process, we tried guiding women with a handbook through meetings and support groups which resulted to exchanging ideas; understanding and transforming their insecurity into opportunities as a team.

How to test the process is very much important and during prototyping the sessions; it will be reviewed to make it better and community friendly.

This initiative was being introduced through local arrangement as the safety coordinator with Usalama forum working with Centre for Community Mobilization and Empowerment (CECOME) in Kisii to ensure that women agenda in violence prevention is paramount.

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This is very interesting Rapudo. Please update your idea contribution as you keep on working on this idea and don't be shy to make clear asks from our community. We will be happy to give you feedback and support.

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Tip: you can make edits to your actual post at any time by hitting the Update Entry button on the right of your post. For some inspiration, here's an example from a previous challenge of how someone included a section which asked specific questions for community feedback: http://www.openideo.com/challenge/mayo-clinic/ideas/amulyte-an-activity-tracking-mobile-emergency-response-system-/ We're looking forward to seeing your post evolve during the Ideas phase!

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Luisa I will always value your comments and your help in making this process a success. Meena, hanks for your comments and just made update on the earlier posting.

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Hi Rapudo, to follow up on Luisa's question, I was wondering if you could tell us a bit more about your partnership with CECOME in Kisii. Is there anything you can share with our community about how you connected with an NGO that might help others do the same? It's so great seeing this idea evolve!

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Jamie ,CECOME is a women organization working with women victims of crime and violence in Kisii. The organization is a member of Kisii safety forum and crime prevention group an initiative by Usalama reforms forum. Through partnership with Usalama , the organization is engaged in conducting family transformation trainings for crime prevention for the women ,establishing the women support groups and guiding them through the process and providing economic support for the women to be more independent and reduce their vulnerability to crime. Through this partnership the organization is able to interact more with the women on behalf of Usalama forum.

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hello Rapudo this is for sure a journey towards the right direction. it is true that our women for a long time have remained on the receiving end regarding to social injustices. empowering a woman equals empowering a community. keep up the good work. could wish to partner with you

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Jekins the direction towards women safety starts with parenting of children including women leadership in families. The well cared and healthy family is the cornerstone of women empowerment. The woman remains the central focal point for family and community stability .

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i believe that transforming women through Mama Shwari combines traditional and modern methodologies that will make women safer in Kisii, Kenya. I take note the idea encompasses sharing experiences that enable dialogue and sharing of resources at personal and family and institutional level that will trigger changes in attitudes and values.

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Morio, Transformation is a process that allows women to take stock of their participation in women safety and the involvement in solving their problem should originate from the interactions and project ideas emanate from the support systems

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Wow this great initiative Hawi Rapudo as giving the women platform and opportunity to share their grievances and open up their horizon into learning more ideas on how to be self reliant for better sustainability and boosting their economic base thereby reducing crime and violence

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Millicent , this women movement will trigger cells of Mama Shwari by providing tools and approaches that will trigger dialogue, support and savings which are the cradle of women safety and prevention.

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Rapudo and team. I see some possibilities of us collaborating in this idea. Other than women texting to share experiences, we can also integrate my SIREN idea as explained in http://openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/ideas/women-siren-project-women-sms-for-immediate-response-empowerment-networking. As we also taking advantage of your parenting manuals an home visits methodology. I am looking forward to reading your comments on how we can collaborate under the Women Siren idea.

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Thanks Willis i support our collaboration as the SIREN idea offers new approach to our SMS engagement and response. We already working on guides on training, project outlook that would offer new focus and scope. I look forward to incorporating SIREN Idea into Mama Shwari

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I love the concept. The issue you are trying to tackle is a real concern in Kenya, especially Kisii region. BIG UP!!!

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Jekins we count on your support to make this a reality

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I noted that the Mama Shwari has grown into feasible idea; i believe that combining technological advancement to women safety, parenting skills for women to improve child upkeep, strengthening their economic well being sets out the base for empowerment. I see the project being realized in the community for its involvement with the real beneficiaries

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Thanks Eric i believe that this initiative needs your skills and expertise to make it real

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Wow. Empower a woman and you have empowered a whole village. Keep empowering women Rapudo.

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Thanks Aggrey, I was away in communities....dialoguing on how to make the projects better.

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The SMS platform is a very ideal way of sharing information on gender based violence.The women will also be introduced to e banking system where they will deposit their savings instantly .

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Stella, this is very significant for women to be able to share their information through web based platform. During prototyping we will discuss with the women on how to make that better within their environment and also incorporating their dialogue, training and visit as a front for engagement.

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Hi Rapudo,

we really like your idea and we can also see some connection between the
Mama Shwari and what we called a "bindi": http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/ideas/bindis-community-concierges-to-inform-connect-and-empower

We are wondering if you could imagine having the role of the Mama Shwari being similar to the bindi. As mentioned in our description of the idea, we thought of developing a service around new roles for women who will be the concierge / caretakers of their community. For India, we thought of "bindi" but it seems that Mama Shwari would be a great name in Kenya. Let us know if there would be ways for us to help you (we are a student club at New York University, interested in design methods and social innovation).

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Thanks Design Tinkering for your noble idea into make this process a reality. I have checked into "bindis"that has similar characteristics to those of Mama Shwari and look forward to share our cases too. I am looking forward to adding and engaging you into the process.

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Design Tinkering In New York had promised that we keep sharing information and experiences so as to help prototype Mama Shwari.......http://www.openideo.com/profiles/100405990491236330963

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Hi Rapudo,

we've read your update and updated our idea as well.

You will see that we have shifted our focus on empowering women with the bindis providing simple training on everyday administrative tasks as well as mentorship on how to start / run a business, for all women in the community and in particularly for new comers, who might be more fragile.

We were wondering how you think we could help you prototype Mama Shwari (who would be the Kenyan version of the bindis),
So far, we've been exploring ways of prototyping at NYU and we will try to test the women's pool idea next week and we are also trying to understand what new international students might need and how we can provide them information and support when they arrive in NY.

Maybe you could tell us what you are up to and also how you can see us helping. Thanks!

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Rapudo, I really like your idea and I think it'd be great if Design Tinkering could help you in the prototyping phase . Moreover, it'd be a great way for us to prototype our idea as well.

Re-reading your idea (which I really like) I thought of a post during the research phase which you might find relevant and useful: http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/research/learning-from-the-jungle-mamas

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I like this idea because it will enable women share ideas in their support groups, at least save some money and help each other become better by sharing knowledge and experiences.

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Thanks Annie for your comment ,the support groups helps the women to bond,open up to each other on gender based violence issues affecting them and encourage each other on how to move on with life.

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In support- A real empowerment to women

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Emily great to hear from you; the idea is still being built into a viable process as we move into critical stages that include prototyping

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good idea...i fully support it.

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Ahsante Joshua , We welcome you with more input on the idea.

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Joshua your support and many other, i have witnessed are part of the important community organizing and mobilization strategy that helps make the process very significant for ensuring women safety and livelihood.

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loving the idea and once women are empowered, the whole society is empowered too. the role and position of a woman in society is very key to the development of the very society thus they have to be given conducive, comfortable environment to play their roles efficiently and sufficiently. one of the ways to create such an environment is the eradication of violence. i fully support this.

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Thanks Judith for your contribution . Women are key to development and given opportunity and safe environment will contribute greatly to the development of the economy. Equally they will act as role models to other women in the economy . We appreciate your comment and ask for more contribution on how to make the initiative create more impact in the society.

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Congrats on this post being today's Featured Contribution!

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It is an honor to be featured as an idea that will enable women to share their feelings regarding women safety, develop and share their hands on tools and approach for violence prevention through interactions at the groups and visits at their house hold.

It was noted that technological aspect can be enhanced through the phone as main tool for communication, sharing messages of hope and even sending/ receiving money for business or family development.

I hope to move step further to ensure that this communication become a cradle of hope and learning for other women in such situation thereby transform this into a movement of women safety in Kenya.

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Again, I wish to thank Openideo team for this contribution and honour

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The idea is very good and will actually go along way to eradicate abuse of human /women rights who should ,.otherwise ,be assisted by the society.

Photo of Rapudo Hawi
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Ramadhan it is great to add your voice into this dialogue that will help stimulate women safety. the mechanics of how to make it work will be critical during the process and prototyping .....More input will be welcome to ensure that it addresses the real cause in the community

Photo of Bernard Oluma
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Let us work on this as soon as possible

Photo of Rapudo Hawi
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The work continues to stimulate our energies into keeping this idea alive. I impress with the level of engagement and interest that ensures we achieved the right benchmarking for women safety.

Photo of Stella Cecome
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This is a viable idea in preventing crime and gender based violence. The women support groups give them the opportunity to share their personal experiences as well as their challenges.Through their discussions, they get advise on how to handle their challenges as well as develop coping mechanisms.In our recent sharing, one woman Risper, (not her real name) shared how the husband brought the vigilante groups in Kisii to kill her claiming she was a thief. Through the support group the other women advised her to seek legal redress which she did .She is in the process of getting assistance through the local administration. This is just one of the cases shared during the support group meetings which they hold on weekly basis . The women on the other hand support each other with viable business ideas and support each other economically to avoid engaging in crime and other risky behaviors.
Mama shwari support groups have given hope to hopeless women ,improved their self esteem and has transformed other women to be champions of change. Mary is one of the champions who has transformed from illicit brew to street hawking.
The women have also reached out to women inmates in the Kisii women prison to promote the need to avoid crime and violence and engage in better legal means of earning a living.

Photo of Rapudo Hawi
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Stella welcome your input moves us to the next level to ensure that women safety is a paramount in Kenya. I value the concept of support groups as they make women share their experiences.....how can we transform the dialogue into a digital engagement using their phones; to send Short Message System and money during their interactions or sharing messages, stories and photos in Mama Shwari created website

Photo of Stella Cecome
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Thanks Rapudo ,wonderful idea for the women to use the SMS platform to share their information . It will promote the women to open up and share as most women shy off due to the cultural barriers . They remain suppressed and suffer with their problems but with the digital era it will be very easy to send text messages in relation to the threats , fears and other violence related challenges that they experience.

Photo of Ephraim Obino
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Amazing concept that will help our women. The most interesting part is its viability. This will surely work.

Photo of Bernard Oluma
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Yesss, a lot of effort has gone into its research particularly on looking at the root causes of this evil in our society such that the intervention easily targets the causes

Photo of lydiah orina
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It is saddening that women in the community have not (yet) known their worth. There are too many cases of violence in Kenya, particularly the Kisii region. I love the idea and i hope it will materialize. Keep empowering women!!!!!

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Very true Lydiah this project can go a long way to reducing the terrifying domestic violence which has been experienced for a long time in Kisii

Photo of Meena Kadri
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Exciting to hear about the great work you are doing on the ground in Kenya, Rapudo – and we're loving the name & meaning of Mama Shwari. We'd love to hear more about the process you are using / proposing – perhaps you might add something about that to your post? (you can edit your post at any time by hitting the Update Entry button) What format do the family parenting sessions take? How do you attract women to the initiative? How do you empower women into leadership roles? We'd love to learn more.

Regarding your questions and suggestions about leveraging technology – maybe you could also add something to your post outlining what kind of technology women who would be involved in this initiative currently have – and what level of experience they have / how confident they are with using this technology. That may help others here think about how technology might be leveraged in a relevant way.

Photo of Rapudo Hawi
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Meena I am excited with your comments as they always keep thinking;

Family parenting sessions would be two (2) hours sessions that are handled by two facilitators on gender issues and roles, self awareness, understanding children , decision making, parental guidance, communication, among others.. one of the format is in form of a workshop with facilitation, group discussions, plenary talk sessions.

In the start, during mobilization , we will approach children and gender offices, community organizations, hospitals, religious organizations, local community mobilizers, local public administration offices that deal with numerous cases of women with cases regarding safety and security. There will be a criterion developed to ensure that such women are attracted to the process to ensure that process reach out to the right beneficiaries.

After the pilot phase, we hope to have more women joining,

During the parenting sessions, women will be grouped into support groups that help stimulate dialogue on women issues, provide platform for peer counseling and even socioeconomic empowerment through table banking amongst the women.

Through support group dialogue; women will have an opportunity to conduct Home visits to understand the status of their livelihood; which during research phase was a key factor in women being unsafe and secure. bond together, sing songs and drinking tea including sharing of gifts.

As we continue, i suggest for more discussions on making the idea better and leveraging technology.

Photo of Meena Kadri
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Great to hear. Something that came to mind as you're planning to engage various agencies is whether creating an empathy toolkit, like the one discussed here: http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/research/walk-in-her-shoes could be helpful to outline the issues faced by women.

Photo of Rapudo Hawi
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Thanks Meena i have looked into empathy toolkit that is very significant to our process and look forward to adopting some of the aspects. Great input

Photo of Rapudo Hawi
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Meena, I checked through the walk in her shoes toolkit which i found very important for dialogue at workshop and support groups. It is important document that will help propel mama Shwari Idea into reality

Photo of Juddy Moraa
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lets help protect our women from violence. i love this idea and i support it.

Photo of Rapudo Hawi
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Juddy great to hear from you. I would love to hear more about how to make it happen especially for women who are single, separated or widowed. Thanks

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Rapudo and Bernard - so happy to see that you've brought this wonderful idea forward into this phase! And awesome work that you've already made contact with local organizations that may be able to help prototype the idea. Your idea also reminded me of a somewhat similar organization in Nepal, Women for Human Rights, http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/research/overcoming-the-widow-stigma-in-nepal. Representatives of that organization are also participating in this Challenge so I encourage you to connect to share experiences and ideas!

Photo of Rapudo Hawi
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Thanks Jamie for the comments. The process started in our interaction with women in this situation trying to connect dots through experiential learning, reflections and visits. Women are part of these conversation and soon we will be joined by Stella Achoki . i thought given your input to join the team in making it become real.

Photo of Jamie Beck Alexander
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Thank you! It would be an honor to join your team.

Photo of Rapudo Hawi
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Thanks Jamie just talking to women that we engaged in the process; their stories will be used for prototype. I believe my colleague Bernard and Stella will be joined the dialogue to make the idea better.

Photo of Ken Shakespeare
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This is a great initiative and a worthy cause. What is now needed is the actualization of it

Photo of Rapudo Hawi
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Ken Shakespeare we need to think on making it better and simple for women to feel secure and safer whenever they are in their community.

Photo of Atinga Eric
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This is an excellent and worth course Mr. Rapudo. hope our Mamas will seize the opportunity and transform their lives. I support you fully sir.

Photo of Rapudo Hawi
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Thanks Atinga, given your technological background, how can we make technology stimulate the debate and improve women safety including their interactions

Photo of Morio Ngori
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great input towards the matter, truly the issue is well addressed and undressed. now to greater heights mamashwari is heading to liberate such vices. i believe

Photo of Rapudo Hawi
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Morio Ngori we will need creative nature into this process as we built it bigger

Photo of Rotich Augustus
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This is a great mind with great ideas which if it is realize will in future will give hope to many in the society.
God bless you.

Photo of Rapudo Hawi
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Rotich, this is a positive contribution that will help us built a noble idea for women safety aligned to local community needs. We ask more people to share their input on how it will work.

Photo of Dickson Achoki
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This is a brilliant idea that is very practical. Gender based violence cases in the area are amazingly high and this can help curb the problem. Big up to you guys.

Photo of Rapudo Hawi
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thanks Dickson for your comments that are well received. we are trying to build the process to be very localized , acceptable and reliable for our communities to adopt in our areas.