A woman strolls down the village street. As she passes another woman, also shabbily dressed, the two make a face at each other then each goes her way. The meeting is on. That is the signal that the monthly meeting of women survivors of domestic violence will be taking place.
A group of women approached GEMINI personnel some time back and requested help in dealing with violence in their homes. They complained that development could not take place effectively if women are excluded from the process. we agreed to chip in.
For months now, monthly meetings have been taking place, each at one of the women's residence, mostly during the day when the husbands are not present.
"I feel I have been able to unburden my hurt feelings every time we meet," says Njoki. "This is the only place of refuge for people like us. I can confidently share my experiences, learn from fellow women and gain strength from other participants.
The program slowly seeks to change social norms and perceptions that glorify domestic violence. This will be achieved by a groundswell approach that changes one person's behaviour, then the next one, then the next...
"It will be a tedious process that will seek to win the support of men and other influential members within the community and thus expand their acceptance of women rights issues," says Stella, GEMINI Director.
With support from friends like you, GEMINI will be able to reach out to the whole community with the same message, provide trauma counseling to victims of gender violence and create an environment of tolerance.
Thank you all for your continued support to our organization. We look forward to more solid partnership.