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Nairobi, Kenya
Joined March 2021

SODECA is an NGO in Kenya, working on the progressive realization of social, economic, and cultural rights through Human Rights; Social Justice; Gender Equality; and Social Determinants of Health.

Presence in: Kenya
Focus: Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Livelihoods, Policy Advocacy, Right to Information, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights

SODECA is a non-governmental organization working with marginalized communities in Kenya, with a special focus on the progressive realization of socio-economic and cultural rights. SODECA envisions a society that enjoys health and human rights, social justice, gender equality, and freedom from poverty. SODECA takes a human rights-based approach to development, with a mission of supporting people living in poverty to become conscious of their human rights and resilience and, addressing the social determinants of health.

Our program activities are based on a human rights framework, including the right to be free from discrimination, coercion, and violence as well as on the principles of bodily integrity, dignity, equality, and respect for diversity as part of affirmative sexuality, and guided by principles of humanity, neutrality, and impartiality in every action of our programs’ activities. We believe in education as a fundamental component in achieving equity and equality.

Our key thematic areas are; Health and Human Rights, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Water Sanitation and Hygiene, Emergency Relief Aid, Community Empowerment, and Social Development.


People Associated With This Organization

David Makori

Joined March 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Health, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Livelihoods, Policy Advocacy, Right to Information, 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.
David Makori is the network champion (main point of contact) for SODECA.

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