Within the annual international campaign of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and the Italian Institute of Culture (IIC) in Nairobi, with the Embassy of Italy in Kenya, are launching the 'Activate Nairobi' campaign: culture, debates and events to advance the conversation on gender-based violence and women empowerment in Kenya.

Activate Nairobi: Events program

Panel discussion: Women's Leadership in Climate Action: Strategies and Transformative Solutions

Date: 24/11, 9:30 – 13:30 (luncheon shall be provided on site)

Location: University of Nairobi, Chandaria Hall

How is climate change affecting women empowerment? What strategies and solutions have women leaders identified to contrast climate change? In the iconic Chandaria Hall of the University of Nairobi, participants will be able to listen to 4 inspiring and prominent women sharing their ideas and experiences and will have a chance to get involved in the debate bringing their own perspectives and ideas.

The same questions were asked to Ms. Gaia Squarci, Italian photographer from Cortona On The Move and National Geographic grantee, who flew to Kenya and held a workshop for disadvantaged youngsters from Mathare, Nairobi, in partnership with Mwelu Foundation. Thanks to the Italian organization WeWorld, Ms. Squarci also visited women leaders actively combating climate change. The results of her work will be showcased in the collective exhibition right after the panel discussion. Join us for the vernissage!

Moderator: Ms. Aleya Kassam


Ms. Charlene Ruto – Youth Leader and Climate Action Champion

Ms. Elizabeth Wathuti - Founder of Green Generation Initiative, speaker at COP

Ms. Francesca Di Matteo -  Deputy Director, Researcher, French Institute for Research in Africa

Dr. Mary Lucia Mbithi – Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and Development Studies University of Nairobi

Kindly note that limited seating are available! You can follow the event on live streaming

Please register at the following link.

Community Advocacy with Survivors

Date: 25/11, 8:00 – 12:30

Location: Dandora 3 Social Hall

Physicians for Human Rights – Kenya (PHR-K) will gather the community of survivors of violence to sparkle a debate over the challenges in terms of accessibility, availability, and quality of healthcare services aimed at survivors of sexual violence.

For more information and registration please send an email to Ms. Naitore Nyamu: nnyamu@phr.org

Theatre Exhibition

Date: 01/12, 09:30 – 14:00

Location: Comboni Primary School, Korogocho

Gender equality and gender-based violence are topics that should also and above all be promoted among the youngest. The Social Justice Travelling Theatre will perform a show to bring gender issues closer to young students. The performance will be enhanced by the live performance of the young illustrator Ms. Giulia Mezzadri, who will sketch drawings related to the theme of the theatre exhibition.

This event is reserved for Comboni Primary School students

Movies for empowerment: a Kenyan – Italian perspective

Dates: 1/12 20:30 and 8/12 20:30

Location: UNSEEN cinema, Nairobi

Two free movie nights at the iconic UNSEEN cinema to sparkle the conversation around women empowerment and GBV.

On 1/12, enjoy the screening of 'C'è ancora domani' (There's Still Tomorrow) the directorial debut of Rome actress Paola Cortellesi, which has become a box office smash hit in cinemas in Italy. Movie will be screened in Italian language with English subtitles.

Free entry until the maximum capacity of the cinema is reached - first come, first serve basis.

Comedy nights: Highly Debatable Show - Gender Roles Edition

Event 1: 2/12, 19:30 Nakuru Players Theatre, Nakuru

Event 2: 9/12, 19:30 Levels Hotel, Nairobi

With a unique blend of comedic talent, lively discussions, and active audience participation, the shows, organized by Stand Up Collective, aim to showcase diverse viewpoints on often polarizing topics. Each event will feature three rounds of humorous discussions on various aspects of gender roles. At Levels Hotel (Nairobi), the show will be accompanied by a Kenyan-Italian jazz trio led by Serena Bernardeschi to make the night unforgettable.

RSVP links: Nairobi Event / Nakuru Event

National Convening on Enhancing Access to Mental Health Services for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kenya

Location: Sarova Stanley Nairobi

Dates: 8/12, 08:00 - 15:00

The National Convening will bring together survivors of sexual violence, key civil society partners, and state actors to deliberate on the gaps, opportunities, and good practices in provision of mental health services.

For more information and registration please send an email to Ms. Naitore Nyamu: nnyamu@phr.org




An Interview with Giovanni Grandi, AICS Head of Office, on the support to UN Women in the fight against GBV


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