As Flone Initiative celebrates her fifth birthday, we wish to thank all our members and partners for the mileage we covered so far through your support. Though your support and the dedication of our staff we have been able to create significant changes in our Kenyan society.
So far we have been able to carry out several programs such as the mentorship and bodily integrity program which targeted adolescents (both girls and boys) in high schools. The program focused mainly on academics, life after high school and career opportunities, bodily integrity, sexual and reproductive health. Additionally, through our sustainability program we have been able to be financially sustainable by undertaking various income generating activities such as: Organizing hilarious and candid Theatrical performances selling of Flone merchandise (African outfits, t-shirts and jewellery). All this has been possible through your kind support.
Furthermore, in November 2014, Flone Initiative Founding Director was among the lead organizers of the #MyDressMyChoice protest that highlighted the sexual violence meted on women in the Kenyan public transport industry. The protest led to the passing of the anti-stripping law that made the stripping of women punishable to 10 years in jail. On November 19th, a lady was violently assaulted in Kayole public transport network and six offenders were arrested. Flone Initiative has been closely monitoring and mobilizing women to attend the court case hearings to ensure justice is served. As a result of these incidents, Flone Initiative initiated the Usalama wa Uma program aimed at creating safe spaces for women and girls who use the public transport.
Through the Usalama wa Uma Program, we have been able to engages public transport operators by offering them trainings on gender equality and prevention of sexual violence, improving customer service, and in personal and professional development. So far, 312 public transport operators from Bungoma, Githurai 45, Kisumu, Nyeri and Nakuru have been trained. These are public transport networks with most recurring incidences of violence. Through the program men are encouraged to stop perpetuating violence and instead work to ensure the vices stop.
Moreover, Flone Initiative is also implementing the Women In Transportation Program (WITrans) aimed at advancing the transport industry and the professional women who are a growing part of it. WIT seeks to close the work force gap in the transportation industry by promoting life long careers in transportation for women. WIT ultimately works to attract, retain and advance women in the industry. Our first order of business is an upcoming WIT Conference, which will focus on critical transportation themes. The conference will provide a forum for the exploration of technical, policy, financial, and political aspects of emerging transportation issues while affording women in the transport industry outstanding networking opportunities.
As we continue to work to create safe commuter spaces for the Kenyan women and girls, your partnership and support will be highly appreciated. We say Asante Sana!
Dates worth saving;
October 11th, 2016: #Njeris case hearing shall be at Milimani law courts from 9.am.( Nyeri who was 18yrs at her death was from Gatundu North. She was raped and killed at Kikuyu by a known perpetrator)
September 20th, 2016: #MyDressMyChoice Kayole striping case has been on-going. The 6 perpetrators are still in jail after being denied bail again. The mention of their case shall be at Makadara Courts on the 20/9/2016 at 9.am
5th October, 2016: #MyDressMyChoice Kayole striping case hearing at Makadara Courts at 9.am.
Let us join hands to ensure justice is finally served!
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