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David Makori

Kenya  
SODECA
Joined March 2021
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Policy Advocacy & Governance, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am a Human Right Defender, having been born and bred in a patriarchal family, I witnessed a lot of violence and that made me resolve that when I grew up, I had to do something to change the status quo. Men’s attitude towards women was a matter of concern to me very early in life. Currently, I work in a community where women and girls are the second-class generations, almost all traditional cultural norms are designed to devalue women and girls. My community involvement work to change the status quo has shaped me to become a team leader, counselor, and defender, work I do with kindness and compassion, not simply a passive bystander, but am getting involved in helping the vulnerable and victims get the services that they need and in making sure that perpetrators face justice. I’m mobilizing more men to know and respect human rights so that we can create and live in a violence-free zone. As a leader in my organization, we are involved in community awareness and sensitization programs, lobbying, and advocacy, capacity building, community mobilization all to bring about social transformation geared towards the attainment of gender parity and the respect of human rights, and empowerment for marginalized groups particularly women and girls with the knowledge that communities themselves need the freedom and authority to identify the issues and strategies that facilitate local activism and community mobilization in their context. We endeavor to strengthen individual knowledge and skills, mobilize communities for awareness creation on the issues of gender including the promotion of community education, and influencing policy change within different institutions. I join the network because the issues of human rights, social justice, equality, and freedom from poverty are made possible through alliance building with others who are committed to this work. The alliances work best on the premise that every partner brings a constructive perspective and practice to the process.

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