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No Means No Worldwide is a comprehensive violence prevention organization for girls and boys. We are a school based program that uses the IMpower system of prevention and intervention training. We teach classes in 6 week cycles, three times per school year, with the number of students ranging from 7000-9000 per cycle.

 

We believe the best response to the global epidemic of violence and sexual assault is to provide our male and female students with an awareness of the causes and effects of gender based violence and the skills to interpret, intervene and prevent it.

“There is no such thing as a neutral education process. Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate the integration of generations into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes the ‘practice of freedom’, the means by which men and women deal critically with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”

—Richard Shaull, drawing on Paulo Freire

Programs

GIRLS

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Girls have used the IMpower training to reduce the annual incidence of sexual assault from 42-60%. Our strategies can be used in variety of situations encountered in daily life – from irritating all the way up to life threatening. IMpower skills can be used the day they are acquired and last a lifetime.

BOYS

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In parallel to girls program, boys work through 6-week IMpower classes to reject the “violence as power” paradigm. Boys learn to develop awareness, courage and dozens of skills to intervene in assaults, hate speech or violence planning.

GRANDMOTHERS

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Grannies are often the target of brutal attacks in Nairobi. Early in 2007 NMNW co-designed a program with the grandmothers that has had profound lasting effects. The incidence of sexual assault has dropped to zero in the area where the program originated. Grannies are our most organized group and have been practicing their skills weekly for over 6 years. They have now formed another group and are working with grannies in other communities to share their knowledge and advanced defense skills.

SASA

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Sexual Assault Survivors Anonymous is a free 10-step program of recovery for women and children ages 5-85. Participants attend age appropriate meetings in groups around Nairobi (and soon in Malawi). SASA provides effective long term trauma support for women and children in areas where counseling and other survivor resources are not available.

Impact

42-60%

Decrease in the incidence of rape

>50%

Girls used new skills to stop a rapist the year after training

47%

Decrease in teen pregnancy

50%

Decrease in negative gender norm metrics for boys

Press

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Partners