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“Mama Shwari” Women Champions of Violence Prevention in Kisii, Kenya

Kisii Community Safety Audit 2010 on crime and violence generated the local communities/ women priorities and concerns into Community Safety Plan 2011-2015. This process created a Community Gender Based Violence Prevention Model encourage women to strength their families as the cradle for prevention of violence.

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This will advocate resilience and transform women experiencing abusive and violent relationships into role models for violence prevention within the family level. 

It will also explore new communities strategies that provide 30 women likely to become violent at the family level to access information and access to programs that help them keep their children safe and healthy. The experience will greatly influence their families into a cradle for non-violence.
The evidence of transformation process shall be based on what the participating women are doing to turn around their families and their profiles providing more concrete indicators of change at a later stage in the initiative. In the process, there will two (2) volunteers facilitators assisting them to  transform their situation through eight joint family sessions, support groups and family visitations.


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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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