POLYCOM @ 60TH COMMISSION ON STATUS OF WOMEN (CSW) 2016

Summary

In contribution to the implementation of SDG 11 of making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, Polycom Development Project is replicating a model of crowd data sourcing to map sexual harassment in public spaces initiated by Safecity India and using its innovative community structures to make the spaces safe. Representatives from Kibera Slums and India will be presenting this model in New York during the 60th CSW at a side event on 19th March 2016 at the Church Centre starting 2:30p.m.

About NGO CSW:

For two weeks in March every year, the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) turns the focus of the United Nations towards women and gender related issues worldwide. At the same time, civil society is given the opportunity to participate in the NGO CSW Forum, organized by NGO CSW/NY. Independent from the UN, the NGO CSW Forum gives activists from around the world the opportunity to discuss issues pertaining to women and girls, to network, share strategies/good practices, and to lobby governments to implement resolutions and treaties. The NGO CSW Forum includes a Consultation Day, Reception, and Parallel Events. CSW60 and the NGO CSW Forum will take place 14-24 March, 2016. The priority Theme for the year 2016 is “Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development.” The review theme is “The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.”

Polycom Development Project was represented at the 58th and 59th CSW and realized their potential in participating in this global platform, as well as low in representation of the grassroots in this platform then took a bold step to register a side event and bring along community Kenyan girls to share their experience with the world.

About Polycom Development Project

Polycom Development Project (PDP) is a women and girls welfare organization working to give grassroots women/girls a voice to influence change in their communities. Polycom started 10 years ago in Kibera informal settlement in response to a case of sexual manipulation and violence against adolescent girls and have so far contributed highly to increase the number of girls rising beyond their challenges to complete their education, reducing the level of poverty significantly.  PDP is keen in the use of sports to promote peace and cohesion as well as create safe space for girls to meet and share.

PDP has development structures that enable quick and efficient dissemination of information among the women. The mobilizing and organizing model started in Kibera with 200 women organized at a ration of 1 woman to 4 women, it has significantly extended to other slum settlements. PDP hosted the first ever Urban Thinker Campus in Kenya under UN Habitat’s World Urban Campaign, initiated grassroots volleyball sports for peace and for social change, currently having 6 young women teams and 15 school teams. Our Talking boxes project made it to the CNN Award finalists. More about our work on www.polycomgirls.org.

THE SIDE EVENT & USA TRIP

The side event will take place at the Church Centre on 19th March 2016 starting 2:30 p.m, PDP has picked on the alternative theme of “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.”

We will film a short documentary of our work with adolescent girls through schools and how structures work. We will then have presentations, followed by Q and A session by among others young women from Kibera..

Apart from this side event, Polycom Development Project intend to screen “I will not be silenced” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTIFGvIBHhI), an award winning documentary of an Australian Woman who was gang raped in Kenya and pursued justice for 7 ½ years. Polycom’s work in support of women through Court processes is highly highlighted in this documentary.

Outcomes of Polycom’s Participation on the 60th  CSW

Polycom anticipates that this participation will take it to another level of making her serve her community better. Some of the outcomes include:-

  • Established partnerships with like minded institutions
  • Quality engagement with the grassroots
  • Global embrace and support for grassroots initiated projects.
  • Clear plans of engagement in pursuing the implementation of SDG 11 among grassroots communities.

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