Based in Kenya, the Coexist Initiative is a not-for-profit synergy of men and boys and a community-based organization with a commitment to eliminate all forms of gender based violence, foster HIV prevention and AIDS management and enhance the respect of the human rights of women and girls.
To increase knowledge and understanding around sexual violence prevention, manifestation and survivor support by targeting and working with men, boys and communities in Kenya and the East Africa region as a whole.
HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED
Work around sexual violence is a community engagement strategy benchmarked by bringing together the talents, resources and skills of people in the community in order to increase their collective power and work for social change which in this case is eliminating sexual violence and guaranteeing effective services to survivors of sexual violence.
Our work by definition is about learning from the ground up, using community-based engagement strategies to reach out to communities with prevention messages and to involve local leaders, residents, service providers, and government institutions in eliminating sexual violence and improving care for survivors.
This strategy has several key advantages including the fact that it helps community members to better understand how and why sexual violence happens and how it affects the community and the victims. The second key commitment of our work is to link community residents to services.
Help Save 500 Samburu Girls from Child Marriage - http://www.coexistkenya.com/index.php/campaigns/help-save-samburu-girls
Girls Education Equity project (Daadab and Kakuma refugee camps) - Targeted 60,000 girls in 17 primary schools
Men and boys are critical stakeholders in ending violence against women and girls. They must be actively engaged in the discussion.