INEND is a local not-for-profit organization that researches and undertakes strategic actions towards equality, acceptance and inclusion in the Coast Region of Kenya. We share experiences and collaborate with other stakeholders in an effort to contribute towards tolerance, non-discrimination, acceptance and inclusion of sexual and gender minorities (SGMs).
INEND recognizes the universality of human rights in the pursuit of democracy through the participation of everyone in an open, just and democratic society. In the current context however, many sexual and gender minorities have not had the opportunity to engage openly due to laws, policies and attitudes which criminalize activities and people, even beyond what is provided for in existing laws. These in turn, have resulted in threats, insecurity and harassment and thus sexual and gender minorities, who are seen to not be conforming with societal norms, have been forced to operate underground and under high risk, merely because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
In close cooperation with the Executive Director, the student volunteer will be involved in:
- Assist in conducting policy research and writing materials such as fact sheets or fact finding report on violations towards sexual and gender minorities.
- Provide support for Research and Advocacy officer around advocacy, by researching violations that go against the Kenyan constitution and helping in creating campaign materials on the same
- Support in program design and implementation at the organization.
- Assist in the production of information and advocacy documents; share, manage and update
the website, face book page, blog posts, twitter and writing reports of all the activities they will
be involved in.
- Conduct background research and compile resource lists and materials for use in human rights trianings and in development or training manuals for Law enforcement officers and other identified stake holders in INEND works with.
- The volunteer will be supervised by the Executive Director and the Research and Advocacy
Graduate student is preferred. Volunteer qualifications include: strong research, writing, and analytical skills as well as interest in SOGI.
While the organization is not able to provide housing, it will be able to work with the student to identify a safe place to stay at a reasonable cost.