Institutions Forums

Engagement and mobilization of Kenyan youth through community-driven, youth resilience and belonging systems is crucial in promoting sustainable development, as they constitute over 75% of the country’s population. As young people are the future custodians of culture, engaging them as champions to eliminate harmful practices is vital, particularly sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR), HIV/AIDS, mental health, and drug and substance abuse.

In September 2022, Men EndFGM Foundation launched its first Campus Dialogues dubbed ‘#TubongeNaComrades‘ at the University of Embu, seeking to create a powerful movement of informed and empowered young people who can make responsible decisions about their lives.

In November, we held the second session of the Campus Dialogues campaign with Garissa University students to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. During the dialogue sessions, we discussed mental health issues, drug and substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, leadership, and money management while raising awareness of FGM’s negative impact on women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and promoting safer sex practices.

On the second day, we established the TubongeNaComrades student club to continue the dialogue and keep the momentum growing.