#16Days: Make Education Safe for All!

December 2, 2015

Despite years of efforts to prevent and end Violence Against Women (VAW), it continues to be a problem of monumental magnitude globally. As world peace continues to be threatened by the struggle for power and resources, we continue to see emerging forms of violence against women. Take for example Technology Assisted Violence Against Women (TAVAW ) perpetrated through mobile phones and the internet or acts of terrorism, such as the abduction by Boko Haram of the Chibok girls in Nigeria. These issues continue to remind us of the importance of global initiatives that pay attention to the problem of violence against women.

The 16-days of activism against VAW is an annual event which continues to give us hope that VAW can indeed be prevented. This year, the theme points towards prevention and will form the basis upon which strategies to prevent VAW will be discussed across the world. The dates of the campaign 25 Nov – 10 December serve to create a link between VAW and Human rights. 25 November is the International Day against VAW while 10 December is the International Human Rights Day. This linkage emphasises that violence against women is a human rights violation.

This year, Hivos in East Africa and our partners the Women’s Rights Awareness Programme (WRAP), African  Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) and Young women Leadership institute (YWLI) are participating the 16 Days Campaign to focus specifically on the relationship between militarism and the right to education. Whether in situations of violent conflict or relative peace, and in a variety of education settings, we want to highlight negative effects of militarism as part of an all-encompassing patriarchal system of discrimination and inequality based on our relationships to power.

Below is a detailed overview of the Make Education Safe for All campaign activities:


Date /Time





2nd Dec. 2015


9.00am -11.00am

  • TV Talk-show at  GBS  TV

GBS studio

GBS, WRAP Panellist; Legal person, Counsellor, Community Representative



3rd  Dec. 2015



  • Youth  Sporting Activity – Football match
  • Legal Awareness and psychological services
  • Referral services
  • Dissemination of IEC Materials

Dandora Stadium

WRAP, Dandora GBV Watch group, Youths (Football clubs)


3rd Dec. 2015

Host a twitter chat on the on the importance of education but at the same time highlighting challenges facing girls with disability when it comes to education.

Sharing 16 stories of young feminists to inspire and encourage parents to educate  girls and more so calling on the government to make education accessible for all.




4th  Dec. 2015



  • Right awareness walk (From Dandora Chief’s camp through Ushirika Primary to Dandora Stadium)
  • Public awareness meeting:
    • Speeches
    • Edutainment
    • Legal Medical and psychological support  services to survivors of violence
    • Dissemination of IEC Materials i.e. T-shirts, Flyers.
    • Referral services
    • Host a community forum with 100 girls at the St. Theresa Secondary school to encourage, inspire a sister to  take education seriously.

Dandora Stadium











St.Teresa School

Pendekezo Letu, WRAP, MSF, LAAC –Dandora, Dandora GBV Watch Group,Ghetto Radio and GBS TV







8th Dec. 2015


9.00am – 1.00pm

  • Awareness walk/Procession


  • Dissemination  of IEC Materials

Kayole – Soweto slums Masimba areas.

WRAP, Local government Admin, Police, Kayole GBV watch group, QTV Crew


10th Dec. 2015


9.00am – 1.00pm

  • Awareness walk/Procession


  • Dissemination  of IEC Materials

Kiambiu –Vihiga, Sagana and  Kosovo

WRAP, Local government  Admin, Police,  Kiambiu GBV watch group


Continuous throughout the 16 days

  • Hold forums with male religious and cultural leaders to discuss VAW that is perpetuated by harmful traditional practices particularly FGC and Child marriage.

Homabay and Tharaka Nithi