No Means No Worldwide
Ujamaa believes the empowerment of women and children includes the right to “Safety of Person”. Therefore we have teamed up with No Means No Worldwide, www.nomeansnoworldwide.org to provide Self-Defense free of charge to communities throughout Nairobi. One of the most successful and determined groups within the community are Grandmothers(called Sho Sho’s in Kenya). At one time the most reluctant of our clients, Sho Sho’s are now true believers in their ability to prevail in assault and believe it’s time to pass it on! When we first began training them in 2007, Grandmothers were frequently raped under horrifying circumstances. Since 2009 we haven’t heard a single grandmother rape reported!
In 2011, we have conducted a research project that proved for the first time in the world, Self-Defense can decrease the incidence of rape! We trained 381 High School girls in Korogocho in our 6 week classes and the annual incidence of rape dropped from 25% to 9%. Over half the girls reported using Self-Defense to prevent being raped.
We support all rape and violence prevention efforts but in our opinion, women and children can’t wait for laws to be written, passed and enforced. They can’t wait for countries to make peace, for soldiers to leave, for police to get on board. Women need help now and it is our goal to put these profoundly effective self – protection strategies into their very capable hands.