Breaking the Barrier
Francis, a third year student pursuing Gender and Development Studies at Kenyatta University and a volunteer at DWB, sadly narrates how gender stereotyping in his culture denied his sisters the opportunity to access education.
“Having been brought up in a patriarchal family with most powers vested on men, I have grown up witnessing a lot of injustices done to women and girls. Most of these injustices are culturally determined. One of the things I have seen and broken my heart is seeing my own blood sisters denied the opportunity to go to school because they are women and according to our culture, women cannot be as brave as men and therefore, educating them will be a waste of resources.”
This made me desire to be a champion of change in my community.The desire to achieve a society free from violations of a vast array of rights such as the right to health, adequate standard of living, education, marriage and family relations, work, freedom of expression, freedom of movement, political participation and representation, effective remedy, and freedom from gender-based violence.I have kept this dream alive in me and today I am glad to see this change achieved through DWB Foundation, a mentorship organisation with the aim to make a difference in the community.
DWB has achieved notable success in their previous programs building and strengthening Youth Networks through life-skills training.Mentoring, or coaching as often referred to, has long been recognized as an effective means to improve individual and social growth and performance. In our mentoring programmes, mentors demonstrate, explain and model while mentees observe, question, explore and apply new skills.Indeed ,
“Mentoring is an indispensable requirement for an artist’s growth. Not only are skills and experience shared, but there is value in the essential re-examination of one’s own work and techniques. ” Jim Norman
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