Community Conversations and Radio Talk Shows on Embracing Diversity

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Under the project “Cohesion Building: Youth Promoting Respect for Diversity in Five Informal Settlements in Nairobisupported by GIZ-CPS, youth from five informal settlements in Nairobi namely Kibra, Korogocho, Mathare, Dandora and Kawangware went through a three days’ training on embracing diversity in April 2019. Thereafter, they organized the first set of community conversation forums within their respective areas in May 2019. Each forum brought together at least 50 young people, ensuring that both male and female youth were equally represented. The forums provided the youth with a platform to engage in cohesion building discourse. The youth interrogated stereotypes surrounding various diversities, negative consequences of holding onto the stereotypes and together explored creative and sustainable solutions to manipulation of diversity. Alongside the community conversations, the trainees and participants of the conversations also embarked on a series of radio talks shows at Pamoja FM (Kibra), Mtaani Radio (Kawangware) and Koch FM (Korogocho, Mathare and Dandora). The weekly talk shows have two youth guests, male and female, who discuss the role of youth in promoting cohesion, tolerance and respect for diversity. They also discuss how as youth they can unite and use their different strengths to address the challenges that they face instead of allowing their diversity to divide them. The community conversations and Radio Talk shows are set to continue until the end of the project.