YMCA Africa in partnership with Swahilipot Hub are from today, the 18th April 2018 holding a Hackathon of the #ARealManIs Project. The Hackathon is a three-day event that will challenge participant’s creativity and imagination towards creating a safe platform for addressing Violent Against Women. The participants will develop a platform that will be used to educate, share insights and experiences and also report cases about violence against women. The best techie will win a 3 month contract with Africa Alliance of YMCAs, to finalize and promote their proposed platform. The event is being held at Swahilipot Hub offices in Mombasa.
Since January 2016, the Africa Alliance of YMCAs (AAYMCA) has been implementing the #ARealManIs: Engaging Men and Boys to End Violence Against Women in selected sites in Kenya and Zambia. The project seeks to engage young men to actively participate in ending violence against women specifically physical, sexual and cyber violence. The project is also aimed at creating safer communities and work places. In both Zambia and Kenya, masculinity is commonly associated with, and proved through dominance and control of women. Through dialogue, role modelling and campaigns targeting young men, this project seeks to transform this hegemonic conception of manliness. #ARealManIs aims to end Violence against Women whether physical or virtual (online) and promoting Gender Equality and safer platforms.