Veronicah Njeri Mwangi, Preventing Sexual & Gender Based Violence Through Sports

Veronicah Njeri Mwangi is turning the tide against gender-based violence in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

Growing up in the slums herself, Veronicah was accosted and abused by several men. Over the years, she struggled to make sense of the events, but with the help of therapeutic intervention she was able to find inspiration and began volunteering with the Japan Center for Conflict Transformation (JCCP) in Mathare.

Now Veronica is reaching out to help other women in Mathare through her project Preventing Sexual & Gender Based Violence Through Sports, an initiative that uses traditionally male-dominated activities like sports as a social development tool to educate, empower, and mobilize women against gender-based violence.

Veronica and a team of volunteers will organize football classes for women of all ages where they will be taught invaluable life skills, learn the value of teamwork, and build their self-confidence. Additionally, in conjunction with football classes, Veronica will organize workshops and trainings to educate participants on their legal rights and empower them to take a more active role in preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence.

GRANT AWARD DATE: June 20, 2015