1.0 ACTIVITY SUMMARY
The 16 days of activism campaign aimed at fighting for equality for women and girls in society. It also aims at creating awareness and putting measures to end Gender-based Violence (GBV) and Violence Against Women and girls (VAW).This year marked 30 years of the campaign globally and 17, for the region. On that note, the region came up with a theme; 16 days of rest: our collective resistance. This ensured that regional activists who have been at the frontline of the campaign throughout the years, get some time to rest and recharge. ACIP was not left behind in this as we took part in the 16 days of rest mindfulness journal among others. We also hoped on the global theme; orange the world now. A theme set on reflections of a bright future free of VAW and GBV.In this, ACIP attended webinars and Twitter Spaces hosted by other organisations like the Get Moving Webinar to prevent Sexual Harassment(SH) and, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse(SEA) in the Humanitarian sector, hosted by Raising Voices. This report provides a summary of activities that ACIP engaged in during the campaign.
2.1 16 days of activism launch article
In the quest to create awareness and bring more people into the campaign, ACIP did a launch article for the same and uploaded it on the organisational website. The article provided more insight on the importance of the global and regional campaigns. It emphasized more on rest as a means for individuals to relax and as recharge.
To check out this article, please visit: https://acipkenya.org/
2.2 Twitter Spaces: Comprehensive Sexuality Education(CSE) and GBV
This engagement took place on 26th November 2021,from 8.00-9.00 p.m, East-african time(EAT).It was organised by Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health(TICAH) in partnership with other organisations such as YEM Kenya. The main aim of this discussion was to create awareness on how CSE can be used to end GBV. This is because it provides an equal platform for boys and girls to learn about their sexuality and know how to cope with the changes and responsibilities that come with that. Other than that, CSE enables both genders to gain knowledge on what happens to the other gender during puberty. It enables them to understand each other more and treat each other with dignity. Other than that, CSE helps reduce chances of teenage pregnancy as it emphasizes on responsible sexual engagements through the use of contraceptives. It also helps end period shame and stigma which may rob women and girls of their dignity, or chances to engage in day to day activities. This engagement provided examples of countries that had applied this approach and it was n=recommended that it should be taught to children as early as five years old. This approach was seen to have the ability to bring desired change at the grass root level, hence an important tool for gender equality.
2.3 The Get Moving Webinar
The Get Moving: To prevent Sexual Harassment(SH) and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse(SEA) in the humanitarian sector webinar was held via Zoom on 2/12/2021 from 2.00 pm-3:45 pm EAT. The webinar gave a short situational analysis on topic emphasising on the need to shift from harm reduction to organisational and sector-wise transformation. Participants were taken though the Get Moving Process, and notified that there was an earlier version for Human Rights Organisations (HRO) doing violence response and prevention. That led to self-reflection and awareness of people and organisations. After that, the approach moved to beyond understanding of issues to lead to transformative change through community involvement at the grass root level. The session dug into some of the topics in this approach such as understanding the process, the relationship between SH,SEA and power and the role of respective allies in the movement just to highlight a few. The session facilitators took members through session structures like creation of awareness and unpacking of concepts and timelines for adult learning and partnerships for the project among others. They also highlighted the importance of the use other evidence-based approaches as indicated through respect in the workplace and male ally ship and accountability. The sessions used tools like in person and online guides for lessons. Some of the indicators of this project include a change in individual knowledge and attitudes and change in staff behaviour and organisational culture. The facilitators noted that this process had taught them the importance of commitment for success and to encourage manager involvement and briefings in future. The webinar ended with the team promising to finalise the second step of training and share the final documents through their resources link that would be shared to the members present.
2.4 Social media engagement and World AIDS day Campaign
ACIP took to its various social media platforms such as twitter and Facebook to launch the campaign and invite others to join in the 16 days of rest. We posted curated photos and videos on the same. On 1st December 2021, ACIP created a post on how gender inequality and unequal power relations lead to the spread of HIV/AIDS. The post was also an appeal to the general public and ACIP alumni to join in the campaign to end such issues. Through Perpetua, an ACIP intern, the organisation launched an online campaign to create awareness of HIV/AIDS through individuals filling their HIV Prevention tool kit. This kit contained practices like abstinence, testing, use of protection and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) or Post exposure prophylaxis (PREP).She went ahead and demonstrated how individuals can take self-testing kits and the importance of support from friends and family during the process.
To view the video on how to do a HIV self-test, click the following link:
2.5 Participation in the 16 Days Activism in the launch of the Science and Religion Club of Kenya
During the launch of the Science and Religion Club of Kenya, Moi University-main campus, Professor Emily Choge began the session by enlightening members on the 16 days of activism campaign. She led the team in understanding various forms of GBV and VAW and the importance of sharing with others in case one needs help. She also reminded the men present to break against the stigma of not reporting incidences of GBV especially if they were victims. Students and other members present gave their experiences on the same. The group then took part in a short breathing exercise, led by Perpetua Oogo, from the African Character Initiation Programme (ACIP) to mark 16 days of rest, in line with the regional theme for 2021. The exercise involves relaxing, closing one’s eyes, breathing in slowly for long for as long as is possible, holding the breath then exhaling slowing. This is repeated 3 or 4 times to make one restful and relaxed. It was agreed that when one is annoyed or anxious, they should take a minute to do the breathing exercise before they talk or act in order to prevent violence and generally improve individual wellbeing.
2. 6 Virtual Rest Retreat
The GBV prevention network ended the 16 days of rest campaign through a virtual day of rest activity done via zoom on 10th December 2021 from 3.00 p.m EAT. Participants shared what rest meant to them as individuals before the facilitators took over and defined rest as a human right, not a reward. They went ahead and spoke go rest in terms of policies for women such as maternity leave and pay during annual leave among others. One of the participants also highlighted on hoe classism, sexism and other isms affected individual and communal perceptions on rest. In this case, women are affected more as they are expected to be in charge of something wherever they go. This may take a toll on them if they fail to get some time for rest. Participants gave their personal experiences with rest. Majority of them admitted that the last time they could hardly recall the last time they had rested properly. Participants were guided through the various types of rest namely; physical, creative, social, emotional and sensory rest. Joyce led the group in exercises for rest such as breathing and relaxation exercises among others. Members like Gloria went ahead and shared their rest practices. Helen shared on her one day social media detox and Gloria agreed with her on the same. The session ended with the host thanking members for their participation in the 16 days and urging them to always make time for rest even in their busy schedules.
3.0 LESSONS LEARNT
Some of the lessons learnt throughout the campaign include:
• CSE can be used an approach to reduce gender inequality by educating both genders on the experiences of their counterparts
• It can also reduce teenage pregnancies that rob girls of a chance at education through the emphasis of responsible sexual encounters and the use of contraceptives
• The Get Moving Process: to prevent SEA and SH in the humanitarian sector uses a multi-sectorial approach to influence individual knowledge and attitude to bring about change in organisational and staff behaviour
• Unequal power relations, poverty and gender equality, lead to high HIV transmission rates
• Rest is a human right, not a reward. This means that everyone deserves to rest from time to time
• Policies such as maternity leave and issuing of paid leave by employers emphasize on the right to rest
It was resolved that participants and the general public continue with the campaign in their daily activities by speaking against GBV and VAW, championing for gender equality, human rights and dignity.
Moreover, they resolved to incorporate rest in their day to day lives.
5.0 RECOMMENDATIONS AND REQUIRED ACTIONS
During the CSE twitter spaces engagement, members were urged to look at the East African Community (EAC) Sexual Reproductive Health (SRHR) bill for more insight.
At the end of the campaign, it was recommended that members incorporate rest in their daily routines. They were also required to compile organisational reports for the campaign and submit them to the GBV prevention network for further publishing.
6.1 The Get Moving activity report
6.2 The Launch of SRCK report
Report compiled by:
Perpetua Oogo. 17/12/2021
Eunice Kamaara. 17/12/201