Welcome to the Institute for Faith and Gender Empowerment
Advancing Gender Knowledge | Empowering Communities
The Institute for Faith and Gender Empowerment (IFAGE) is registered in Kenya as a faith-based non-governmental organization (NGO) working for gender justice in sub-Saharan Africa through advocacy and empowerment programs targeting women and girls, religious and faith groups, community leaders, and youth organizations.
What is Gender-Based Violence?
Gender-Based violence refers to harmful acts directed at an individual based on their gender. It’s rooted in gender inequality, the abuse of power and harmful norms. This includes physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, verbal, financial and spiritual abuse
It’s a human rights violation. It is an unrelenting assault on human dignity, depriving people of their human rights.
Freedom from violence is a fundamental human right, and gender-based violence undermines a person’s sense of self-worth and self-esteem. It affects not only physical health but also mental health and may lead to self harm, isolation, depression and suicidal attempts.
The consequences of gender-based violence compound.
It starts with the Individual
- A child witnessing marital violence
- Absent or rejecting father
- Being abused as a child
- Alcohol use in the home
Then affects their relationships
- Normalized marital conflict
- Male control of wealth and decision making in the family
And their community
- Poverty, low socioeconomic status, and unemployment
- Association with peers who condone violence
- Isolation of women and the family
Forming the larger society.
- Social norms grant men control over female behaviors
- Violence is accepted as a way to resolve conflict
- The notion of masculinity is linked to dominance, honor, and aggression
- Rigid gender roles
Every 2 seconds, a girl becomes a child bride.
That’s 33,000 girls every day, 15 million girls every year.
Globally, girls aged 5-14 spend more time on chores per day than boys within the same age range.
1.5 million women and girls are killed every year as a result of gender based violence.
Pregnancy is the leading cause of death for girls between ages 15-19 worldwide.
1 in 3 women will experience physical or sexual harassment by a partner or non-partner in her lifetime.
132 million girls are out of school around the world.
But there is hope.
IFAGE understands that women’s freedom from all forms of discrimination and violence is not only a human right, but also crucial to enabling sustainable development.
We believe that people can learn and change their attitudes towards women and girls, and that all forms of gender violence can be prevented.
IFAGE Achievements To Date:
Gender Champions Trained as Peer Mentors
Key Faith Leaders Mobilized & Equipped
Adolescents & Youths Mobilized & Empowered on SRH
Gender-Based Violence and the Patriarchy
Patriarchal beliefs of male dominance and the devaluation of women and girls lie at the root of gender-based violence. Our mission is to change the harmful influence of patriarchy.
You can watch this short informational video to learn more.
Our programs making the case for the girl child are done in proud partnership with the following organizations:
Shalom House & Estate, Bondo
Opposite Sura View Hotel, Bondo
P. O. Box 417 - 40601, Bondo Kenya