How might we make low-income urban areas safer and more empowering for women and girls?

Achieng Nas
Posted May 20, 2014 from Uganda

Hi, I am participating in this challenge; https://openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/ideas/holiday-mentoring-out.... My idea is to organize joint holiday outreaches for the slum and rural girls to help them work together towards their personal dreams, create community solutions, protective friendships and reduce temptation of unsafe choices. I welcome suggestions from you, will appreciate! You too can take part the OpenIDEO challenges where people design better, together. Thank you, Beatricehttps://www.facebook.com/RGCMUganda?

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  • mrushkin
    May 20, 2014
    May 20, 2014

    Hi there, Thanks for your post. That's a great idea. While we can do so much to make girls feel safer, we also need to work on altering the minds of men in society. Do you think men could have their own separate outreaches to learn the pitfalls of rape culture and the importance of respecting women's bodies?

  • Achieng Nas
    May 23, 2014
    May 23, 2014

    While we appreciate working with men (boys), I have not had much experience with the slum boys, we could end up collecting a bunch of "new girlfriends" for them. We were thinking of incorporating the boys in the long run; first separately while we sick ideas of how to best work with them. Thank you so much again. Beatrice

  • Julie Collura
    May 21, 2014
    May 21, 2014

    Beatrice, As I told you, I love this project! I will send some ideas to you very soon. Much love, Julie

  • Achieng Nas
    May 23, 2014
    May 23, 2014

    We appreciate your input so far. Looking forward to more ideas.xxx

  • Netsai Nomhle
    May 23, 2014
    May 23, 2014

    Hi AchiengNas.

    Your idea is amazing.

    Suggestions:

    • Starting from the root: schools, village and church groups: Communicating in a language and tone they understand. -incentives for getting the targeted groups involved -Try to get the women in the areas you are targeting in leadership roles, they'll assist you in breaking down barriers. -Followup mentoring is key, Creating family related workshops - involving both genders (instilling, this could happen to your sister, daughter, wife mentality in the men) -Its always good to try to have the people you're working with to "own the change" that will occur. All workshops should be interactive, create a platform for them to be heard. Validate their living, acknowledge the status of their living and clearly map out the path of change should they chose to followup. -Let your actions in the areas speak louder than your words.

    What I can do:

    • I'd be happy to assist you with the framework of your outreach programs based on your vision.
  • Achieng Nas
    May 23, 2014
    May 23, 2014

    You brought own great ideas! Our role as PCE Foundation is to coordinate and mobilize the communities and the girls, the trainers and mentors for these trainings and monitoring and evaluating the actual activities. I like the action speaking more than words; we have achieved so much with so little, action is key. Thank you for your interest in helping develop the framework with us. Do you think the idea is clear and concise for those evaluating them? For example if someone new were to visit this idea for the first time, do they quickly and easily understand the entire idea and take away the core message? Thank you so much for your help, Netsai!