Collective social actors

Following the 2007/2008 post-election violence in Kenya where women and girls, as well as some men, were subject to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), tackling SGBV became a pressing issue in the country.

In order to improve our understanding and knowledge of shifting roles of men in movements to address SGBV through collective action in Kenya, Men for Gender Equality Now (MEGEN), the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) joined together to engage with multiple actors in Kenya for collective learning through a movement and influence mapping workshop in Nairobi to map out some of these key collective actors.

The criteria for selecting the actors to be added to the database were based upon organisations with programmes that work directly or indirectly with men and boys on the following:

  • changing harmful gender norms;
  • reducing rising cases of SGBV, HIV & AIDS;
  • improving reproductive and sexual health; and
  • building partnerships across organisations working with men and boys to establish links with other social justice movements.
Name Description
Family health options Kenya (FHOK)

A local Non-Governmental Organisation, which provides sustainable, innovative and comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services in response to health and socio-economic needs of all Kenyans. The organisation involves men in the issues of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, through interventions such as young men as equal partners project and the men who care project.

Health Options for Young Men on HIV, AIDS and STIs (HOYMAS)

A male sex workers’ organisation whose membership is drawn from men living with HIV in Kenya providing them with HIV prevention and treatment information.

Liverpool VCT Care and Treatment

A Public Benefits Organisation working in the area of HIV/AIDS, using evidence-based research to inform policy reform advocacy and ensure universal access to quality-assured HIV counseling, testing and care service. Developed the GBV/HIV Knowledge Hub, an online information sharing and learning platform that addresses the linkage between gender-based violence and HIV.

Men for Gender Equality Now (MEGEN)

A network of men and women activists, engaged in community education work, advocacy and campaigning, in order to engage in efforts to reach out to men and include them in their work to address sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) the spread of HIV and AIDS and the promotion of gender equality across Kenya.

Movement of Men Against AIDS in Kenya (MMAAK)

A local Non-Governmental Organisation of men living with, and affected by, HIV and AIDS  which uses community participation to mobilise men and boys to respond to gender-based violence (GBV) issues and HIV and AIDS, while promoting HIV prevention, care and support, sexual and reproductive fealth, positive fatherhood and gender equality.

The Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW)

A non-governmental, non-partisan organisation working to promote gender equality in Nairobi. Its programmes seek to eradicate sexual and gender-based violence by strengthening support systems and services.

The Coexist Initiative

A network of community-based organisations which fosters the active and meaningful involvement of men and boys by allowing them to take the lead role in their activities to eliminate all forms of sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls in Kenya.