E13 Training drivers of change to end FGM/C with Godfrey Ochieng’

E13 Training drivers of change to end FGM/C with Godfrey Ochieng’

Godfrey Ochieng’ Okumu is a program officer at Tostan, an organization that helps African communities bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on human rights. The program engages participants using familiar methods of communication such as dialogue and exchange, theatre, poetry, and song while addressing topics of high interest.

Godfrey speaks to me about leadership, networking and shares his journey and lessons learnt.

Twitter: @Oyyekoredo
Godfrey’s tweet quotes
Tostan trains NGOs, NGO Leaders, Youth activists and donors on methodologies and approaches to tackle FGC. We don't call it mutilation at Tostan because Mutilation means causing harm. ~ @Oyyekoredo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes Cc: … Click To Tweet
I begun as a youth activist, I was among young people who brought National Youth policy in Kenya. I started working in FGC in the year 2010. ~ @Oyyekoredo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia #EndFGM #PodsNBO Click To Tweet
Art is a powerful tool in ending FGM. ~ @Oyyekoredo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia #EndFGM #PodsNBO Click To Tweet
This conference is creating a platform for us to share ideas working in our contexts, identify specific methodologies that one can use in their home countries. Young people should learn and make sure the interventions are vibrant when… Click To Tweet
We share with them the key components, take them to the community to experience some of the interventions. ~ @Oyyekoredo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia #EndFGM #PodsNBO Click To Tweet
The Tostan approach views the community in terms of their strengths not weaknesses. There is something unique about that community. We build their capacity to aspire that they are capable to bring change. ~ @Oyyekoredo #EndFGMPodcast… Click To Tweet
Everyone is unique in their own way. For this strength to manifest itself into something visible, we need to work together. We should always motivate people. ~ @Oyyekoredo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia #EndFGM… Click To Tweet
You cannot go to a podium and say I want to abandon FGC! This is about collective effort. ~ @Oyyekoredo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia #EndFGM #PodsNBO Click To Tweet
Never have the mentality of saving the people. Empower them so that they can stand for themselves! ~ @Oyyekoredo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia #EndFGM #PodsNBO Click To Tweet
A leader is someone who mobilizes people and empowers them, you cannot do it all by yourself. To end harmful culture needs dialogue with positive imaging. Its not about naming and shaming. ~ @Oyyekoredo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes Cc: … Click To Tweet
I want to see someone stand up to say no other girl will face this not because I faced it but because I lived in a land free from FGM. ~ @Oyyekoredo #EndFGMPodcast Quotes Cc: @SaropaTimpiyian @TonyMwebia #EndFGM #PodsNBO Click To Tweet

According to the World Health Organization, Female genital mutilation(FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or another injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

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  12. Meet Godfrey Ochieng Jeremiah Kipainoi 33:51
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Jeremiah Kipainoi is a Communication for Development expert that makes films, transcriptions, podcasts, online strategies, and radio content to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Kenya, Somalia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bisau, Mali, The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Liberia, and tackles climate change through resilience building, and championing for community-led development.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Kimaili

    Good job Kipainoi, keep on championing the campaign against FGM.

  2. Matilda Timpiyian

    Godfrey said what many people don’t say, that young people who have not been cut can stand up and say no other girl will face this not because they faced it but because they lived in an FGM free land. This is a very powerful message. You actually don’t need to have a ‘story’ for you to be inspired to join the fight against FGM!

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