Youth Training on Gender Based Violence Prevention and Response in Nairobi’s Informal Settlements

In November 2020, CEEC carried out two sets of three days’ training for a total of 39 youth at PCEA St. Andrews Church, Nairobi. The training was implemented under the Project, “Promoting Peaceful Co-Existence in Nairobi’s Informal Settlements during the Covid-19 pandemic by Combating Gender Based Violence’’, with support from GIZ-CPS. The trainees were from five informal settlements in Nairobi namely; Kibra, Kawangware, Korogocho, Dandora and Mathare. The overall training objective was to strengthen the youth’s knowledge and skills to effectively advocate for GBV prevention and response, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The training helped demystify myths and stereotypes surrounding gender based violence and it strengthened the trainees’ capacity to prevent and respond to GBV. Due to the traumatic nature of gender based violence, a psychosocial practitioner was present to address any emerging issues/concerns and provide the necessary support. The trainees also received contacts for other stakeholders in the GBV prevention and response chain for collaboration and synergy purposes. At the end of the two trainings, the 39 youth committed to become GBV Prevention and Response Champions within their respective areas.