‘Champions for Change’ Initiative in Kenya Brings Together Community to Speak Out Against Gender-based Violence
Violence against women and children is a serious public health problem. According to Violence Against Children and Youth Survey Dataexternal icon from Kenya, 1 in 6 girls experience childhood sexual violence.
In December 2018, CDC Kenya launched a photo exhibit “Champions for Change” as part of an initiative to raise awareness of gender-based violence (GBV) in Kenya and the actions people can take to prevent GBV. The initiative centered around a collection of photos that brought together a diverse community of partners and lifted the voices of those who work to prevent GBV.
“The photos have given us an opportunity to talk openly about gender-based violence,” said CDC Kenya Communication Lead Justin Williams. “Heroes don’t have to be part of the government or an implementing partner. They can be anyone. Find the heroes promoting your work. Give them a voice. Let them tell their stories.”
Photos: Strong community engagement can save lives
The individuals and the stories they share about protecting others from GBV highlight the important role of community engagement to prevent GBV.
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