Community Discussions: Avenue to Nurture Self-expression PDF Print


Group discussions give communities a forum to voice their ideas as well as learn from each other.

Through the Communities Care project, communities in Mogadishu are coming together to discuss positive social norms that can encourage a safety culture and reduce cases of violence.

Since biweekly meetings started in mid-October, Amel a mother of one has been participating in every session.

She speaks about her experience: “I feel lucky to be part of this process, I enjoy the discussions.  People bring out their ideas educating me in the process. Being part of this group has also changed me. In the beginning I was shy and would find it impossible to talk in front of a crowd. Now, I can comfortably speak my thoughts in front of a group as large as this.

“I have developed a different outlook on how we live. Listening to the others has exposed me to diverse views giving me a new understanding.  Because the environment in the group is positive, I am now able to share things about my life without fear or embarrassment.  

“My expectations about how people should treat me have also changed. When others share their experiences, it makes me more empathetic.  This has taught me how I should treat other people.

“Through the discussions, I have been reminded of the values in our community that create an environment for all of us to live in harmony. I intend to highlight this to those around me especially to my family so they can also become part of the process of creating a safer environment for all.

“Being part of these community discussions is having positive influence on me. I would wish for them to continue for others to be transformed the same way I have."

By Moses Juma, Assistant Project Manager, Nairobi




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