Advocates for Social Change Kenya (ADSOCK) formerly Men for Gender Equality Now (MEGEN) was established in 2001 during a regional Men to Men Conference that was held in Nairobi, Kenya and brought together men from six (6) African countries.  Following the regional conference, ADSOCK set out to demonstrate what a national movement could do, using different methodologies to reach out to men in diverse communities. Our experience helped us to broaden our thinking and look beyond Violence Against Women (VAW) and thus widen the scope of our thinking and engagement. As we interacted with different communities, the intersection between Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), HIV & AIDS and other social issues became apparent.

We found a group of men who gave us inspiration in working with men and to help them live positively especially those who had contracted HIV & AIDS. We have since inception worked with different stakeholders to ensure our programmes reach a wide audience and particularly people at the grassroots. Over the years, we have been conducting a range of educational, awareness, lobbying and advocacy activities on the role of men and boys in promoting gender equality, ending Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and the spread of HIV and AIDS. It draws on a general membership of men and women of different ages, education, social, cultural and professional diversities.

The bedrock of all ADSOCK’s projects is community mobilisation and advocacy. All project actions focus specifically more on collective and institutional levels of change by encouraging contextually nested approaches and collaborations to sustainably influence men and boys through policy and practice at community and institutional levels. At the community level, ADSOCK endeavour to draw on the knowledge and expertise of women as well as men – since research shows that this knowledge is extremely valuable for developing appropriate and effective interventions for addressing gender inequalities in diverse communities.

ADSOCK has a clear set of objectives and we are allied with numerous partners, who seek the realization of gender equality, promotion of human rights and social justice. The following steps will be taken to lay the groundwork for our collective actions: 

  • Strengthening and mobilizing partnerships with community leaders, community and faith-based organizations, men and boys to tackle entrenched gender stereotypes. Equally important to this task is ensuring that conventional and social media and communications partners strategically support shaping attitudes and behaviours to reverse gender inequality;
  • Re-structuring and upgrading our effectiveness, and presence on the ground, at both national and local levels; and
  • Filling critical gaps that exist in generating and using data, statistics, evidence, and analysis on gender equality and social justice in the areas where we operate.

 

VISION

A just and equitable society where females and males are valued equally.

MISSION

Transforming the society to denounce all forms discrimination and embrace gender equality and human rights.

MISSION STATEMENT

ADSOCK will pursue its vision through exemplary leadership, service to humanity, alliance building between females and males with an aim of ensuring a harmonious and just society for all.

CORE VALUES

Our work is anchored within the following principle standards

  1. Commitment to Gender Equality and Social Justice: We listen and learn from our community and tailor our programs to address the root causes of communal problems.
  2. Integrity, Responsibility and Accountability: We serve as stewards for community development and work closely with all stakeholders to meet the current and future community needs. We hold ourselves to utmost standards of ethics, service, transparency and commitment to common goods.
  3. Inclusion and Non-Discrimination: We practice and advocate for inclusiveness in diverse communities. We honour different strengths, needs, voices and backgrounds of all members of the society.
  4. Innovation and Creativity: We strive for equity and focus primarily, but not exclusively on people who are vulnerable. We endeavour to apply innovative approaches in our programming with an aim of ensuring effective delivery of our services.

Organizational Structure

ADSOCK is a national membership based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) domiciled in Nairobi, Kenya. The organisation conducts its activities through its members spread out in different counties around Kenya. The members form local Chapters that are spearheaded by focal point persons who coordinate activities at the local Chapters.

The administrative structure is comprised of:

  • An elected seven (7) member Board that includes the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer (honorary) and five other members who are expatriate including the Executive Director who is an Ex-Officio member of the Board.
  • Secretariat, which is the implementing body of ADSOCK and is, comprised of six (6) members of staff four (4) Program Officers (working as volunteers, Financial Administrator and the Executive Director who heads the Secretariat.
  • Focal point persons who operate and coordinate activities from the local Chapters at the grassroots level.
  • MEGEN members from different localities who are the resource persons at the community level and also serve as volunteers.

ADSOCK has collaborated with the following organizations

ADSOCK has made tremendous achievements because of the commitment of its own membership and the support of partners who had the foresight to appreciate the role of men in fighting gender inequality and specifically the elimination of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV). The list below may not be exhaustive but the following partners including individuals have been key to our success