The global fight on violence against women cannot be complete unless we address the cultural violence on women by women. The element of violence against women by women has ignorantly been overlooked in the fight to prevent violence against women. It has been long assumed that violence against women is only perpetrated by men on women.
The influences of culture on violence are generally not addressed but reacted to: older widows on younger widows, older women on young girls (FGM), mother in-law on daughter in-law. Such abuses have rarely been researched and documented on with women as the victims and culprits at the same time. The magnitude though big cannot be exacted in its percentage as it has not been researched on.
Development efforts on violence against women in most traditional strongholds are frustrated by cultural practices that are perpetrated and carried out by women on other women. Because violence against women is always treated as being perpetrated by men, women are not educated otherwise
Empowering Livelihoods: Women's Business Micro Grants
We fund projects focusing on alleviating poverty using what is naturally available to them by providing small business micro grants. Often these go to women in areas where women's rights are almost non-existent.
Participants are required to give a portion of profits back to the community and graduate from the program within three years. Our success rate is 95%, in the areas of vegetable gardens, banana plantations, organic chicken farms and handcrafts which provide income for the families and additional resources for the entire community.
ORPHANS & VULNERABLE CHILDREN
HIV/AIDS orphans are many. Some of them do not qualify for assistance from big donors for one reason or another. There are also quite a number of destitute/street children. SHINA Inc assists some of these children with school uniforms, shoes, bags, exercise books, bus fare and mosquito nets.
The funds were entrusted to their respective school headmistress who ensured that each beneficiary received the items they required. Conducive learning environment provides a change in the lives of young ones we serve.
In the area for elementary level education, we strive to provide quality Education for all, and give a chance to the children who have never been to school before. In Tanzania due to "No child left behind" policy they found themselves having a ration of 100:1 student to teacher.
Not only is it impossible to teach, it is impossible for a child to learn in this environment. As a pilot project SHINA Association collaborate with various government schools to bridge the gap.
ALTERNATIVE YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAM(AYEP)
The Alternative Youth Education Program encourages and helps Children and youth to develop healthy life choices and maximize their potential, in becoming responsible adults. By advocating self-respect, esteem, authenticity, and sharing of diverse cultures, SHINA promotes youth understanding of cultural gender differences. This program assists youth in transitioning into adulthood, the most important factor in developing future leaders. The physical, emotional and confident persona plays a role of how youth perceive themselves.
Our young adult program Aim to empower, promote and develop talents, ideas, and leadership abilities. We assist youth in recognizing and understanding the value of developing confidence, dignity and self-worth. We promote cultural awareness and develop a spirit of compassion by encouraging exposure with other people and culture s through our world international field trips. The program has helped in building awareness of barriers to empowerment of girls and women in other cultures specifically in Africa.