SEMA-Youth engagement

Youth engagement and empowernment

SEMA, which means “Speak out — Love without hate,” is a youth initiative combating gender-based violence (GBV) by challenging stereotypes and promoting positive behavior change. Through awareness creation and policy advocacy, SEMA empowers youth to address GBV in their communities, particularly focusing on changing attitudes among friends and intimate partners.

SEMA Outreach Strategy

SEMA Outreach Strategy

1. Raising Awareness about GBV:

  • Youth and Women Sensitizations: Conducting GBV sensitization workshops in collaboration with the Kenya Scouts Association and Dandora Rehabilitation Group (DADREG).
  • Digital Campaign: Engaging youth through social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and the SEMA website to discuss GBV issues and foster community dialogue.
  • SEMA Forums and Events: Organizing talent-based events promoting positive messaging against GBV and involving local student talent in visual arts and music to create activists for social change.
  • Public Campaign: Participating in significant events like the first Women’s Run in Kenya and the Women’s Femicide March 2024 to raise awareness about gender-based violence.

2. Policy and Structural Changes:

  • Educational Level Initiatives: Advocating for GBV policy recommendations and action plans in educational institutions such as primary, secondary, and university levels.
  • University of Nairobi Action Plan: Collaborating with student leaders, university administrators, medical personnel, psychosocial support providers, security personnel, Drugs and Alcohol committee, and other partners to develop GBV policy recommendations and action plans for the University of Nairobi.

OUTCOMES of SEMA among targeted populations

  • Changed attitudes among the youth around issues of gender. SEMA has trained more than 800,000 scouts about gender issues by providing tools and encouragement to become pioneers of change 
  • Improved behaviors among youth in relation to GBV
  • Increased involvement among youth in GBV-prevention initiatives
  • Advanced and enforced gender-inclusion policies

WASTE MANAGEMENT AND REHABILITATION

Servant Forge partners with the Dandora Dumpsite Rehabilitation Group (DADREG), a community-based organization founded by residents of Dandora slums, many of whom previously worked and scavenged in the dumpsite. DADREG’s mission is to rehabilitate women and children from the dumpsite by providing access to skills and education, aiming for sustainable livelihoods and wealth creation.

In collaboration with DADREG, Servant Forge:

Capacity Building and Support: Offers tailored support, including gender-based violence training, to address community needs and enhance livelihoods.

Monitoring and Evaluation: Ensures the effectiveness of projects by conducting ongoing monitoring and evaluation to meet the organization’s objectives.

Fundraising for Women’s Shelter: Works to complete the Women’s shelter home to provide refuge and rehabilitation for vulnerable families living amidst the dumpsite’s waste.

Educational Scholarships: Provides high school scholarships to academically gifted and financially needy students residing in Dandora Slums, empowering them with education opportunities.

Road to Sustainability (Current Needs)

  • Expand sensitization trainings on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) across the country
  • More online opportunities for youth engagement
  • Documentation of awareness creation sessions

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