No Means No Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to ending violence against women and children. We do this by teaching local organizations around the world to deliver the IMpower system of violence prevention, intervention and recovery.
We train and certify instructors in IMpower who then go into schools and clubs to conduct classes for children ages 10-20. IMpower skills consistently and dramatically reduce sexual assault and pregnancy related school drop outs wherever our instructors teach.
Numerous peer-reviewed studies have shown a 50% decrease in the overall incidence of sexual assault among female participants and a 46% decrease in pregnancy related school dropouts. Amongst boys who witnessed physical or sexually assaultive behavior after our training 74% successfully intervened to stop it. Research based calculations estimate that since 2009 IMpower has been used by our students to prevent over 300,000 sexual assaults.
The photos above show a fraction of the over 1000 filmed testimonials of boys and girls who have used IMpower to prevent or intervene in sexual violence.
“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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Decrease in the incidence of rape
Girls used new skills to stop a rapist the year after training
Decrease in teen pregnancy
Decrease in negative gender norm metrics for boys