September 8, 2019
Global estimates published by WHO indicates that about 1 in 3 (35%) of women worldwide has experienced either physical and /or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime
Most of this violence is intimate partner violence. Worldwide, almost one third (30%) of women who have been in relationships report that they have experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner in their lifetime.
Globally, as many as 38% of murder of women are committed by a male intimate partner. Men are more likely to perpetrate violence if they have low education, a history of child mistreatment, exposure to domestic violence against their mothers, harmful us of alcohol, unequal gender norms including attitude accepting violence, and a sense of entitlement over women.
Boy’s empowerment is an approach of educating boys at a very tender age of their rights and women’s right and also to exposes them on implications of male chauvinism, drugs abuse and traditions which are considered as the most accelerators of domestic violence.

Most of domestic violence (physical and sexual) and murder incidences in Meru County are perpetrated by young men who have either decided to be chauvinist, misogynist or drug addicts.
CIFORD KENYA is actively trying to eliminate this practice through education, awareness to the young generation who are the future youths in the region from a very tender age with an aim of having an impact in future, with more focus on education and women empowerment

On 20th August 2019, 85 boys aged 11-15years old reported at St. Francis of Assisi, Muramba for one week boy’s empowerment seminar. There were a total of 85 boys who attended the raing

The boys were not allowed to either go outside or to receive any visitor which is symbolic of being in seclusion when they are circumcised. The boys were trained on several topics such as;
 Reproductive health.
 Early/teenage pregnancy.
 STIs/HIV and AIDs.
 Life skills and self-realization.
 Role of young men in community development.
 Career selection.
 Girls and women empowerment.
 Drugs and substance abuse

On Friday 23rd parents (community members, staffs and girls) conducted a roadshow along the Muriri-Isiolo road showing solidarity for boy child empowerment and girl child empowerment terming it as the future of harmony and peaceful co-existence.
The boys graduated on Friday 23rd in attendance were the parents, friends and sponsors (men who are identified by parents to coach and advice the boys) of the boys There were dances, songs and dramas as girls created and promoted awareness on advocacy against domestic violence, drugs and substance abuse and girls/women rights.
 The leaders and parents are supporting the programs
 Boys and parents requested for more seminars of these kind.
 The community is embracing the boys empowerment activity and program.
• Limited resources : There program has been embraced and many families are requesting for boys seminars and we have limited resources.
• Training venue: Lack of permanent training venue for the boys. We hope to have a accommodation of the beneficieries at our CIFORD Centre.




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