June 17, 2020

4. Community Organising in Syria

Interview with: Karam Hilly
Discussing: Challenges of Community Organising in Syria

Karam Hilly and Deborah Cummins

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Growing up in different parts of Kenya

Cultural views of separation and blended families in Kenya

Situation for members of LGBTQI community

Starting Usikimye from a desire to humanise femicide statistics

Opening the first GBV safehouse in the country

Starting the second GBV hotline in the country

Ideas of masculinity and challenges working with male survivors

COVID impact on economy & link with transactional sex

Collaborating with local chiefs and other local leaders

Lessons for international agencies in collaborating with grassroots organisations

Modes of partnership, power dynamics, and localisation


Deborah Cummins

When we want to connect with each other, how do we cross the great divide of different worldviews, cultures or religions? How can we work together effectively? Well, first: we need a bridge.

Welcome to Bridging Peoples. In this Bridging Peoples podcast, we explore the human side of aid, development and social change work. Join me as I chat with researchers and practitioners about their work around the globe. I’m your host, Deborah Cummins.

What do you get when you combine two powerful women, a common cause and a Facebook page? Well, in the story that I share in this podcast episode, what you get is a pretty impressive social movement and community based organization called Uzikimye, which in Swahili means Do Not Be Silent.

Stella Khachina

And surprisingly, nowadays we get calls from the local government. We get calls from the police, because we told them: ‘we are not here to make you look like you’re doing a bad job. We are here to support each other.’