Accelerating Social Change

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SIMA Ambassadors

“The world needs social change farmers and the world needs cultivators of spice but above all, the world needs those who will plant the spice in their backyards. Film is a powerful tool as it takes one through a journey to mindset change.” –Erick Matsanza, SIMA Kenya Ambassador

Get more at http://simacollection.com/featured-ambassadors

 

My Dress, My Choice

Women have always impacted society in their own creative ways. The men, however, have never stood up to realize and recognize these abilities. http://www.heforshe.org/en/newsroom/identity/my-dress-my-choice

 

At Work with the FT: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN under secretary-general
Erick Matsanza, a Kenyan activist, helped organise a protest in Nairobi against male assaults on women at which he dressed in a skirt, posted the photo online and encouraged other men to do the same. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7dc4d484-d962-11e5-a72f-1e7744c66818.html#axzz4Byv2ToTg

 

Kimberley Renay Friday Feature;

WOW! How could I NOT travel thousands of miles to connect with an organization that TRUELY embodies the passion of developing individuals to change the world through their community? How could I NOT be impacted by such a bold man that encourages nothing BUT change? The DREAM. CREATE. LIVE! spirit is definitely in Kenya! … http://www.kimberlyrenay.com/…/feature-friday-spic…/5/5/2016

 

A Conversation With SIMA Kenya Ambassador, Erick Matsanza

Meet our first featured SIMA Ambassador, host of SIMA Kenya, trailblazer and community organizer Erick Matsanza, who founded Spice Without Borders, an organization that celebrates the diversity of those from the backyards of society — using their energy, their vision and their focus to plant the social change spice in their communities. https://medium.com/@sima_awards/impact-cinema-in-the-backyard-of-society-a-conversation-with-sima-kenya-ambassador-erick-matsanza-747c8d7f2fb6#.ql64bth5e

 

UNDP Women empowerment in Politics

The Wanawake Wanaweza concept was generated during the collaborative leadership seminar held at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha. Kenya It is widely believed that the role of the educator and peace­builder in African societies is mainly allocated to women. This role is achieved through activities that the children and society participate in. Unfortunately, the woman is challenged in times of political conflict due to lack of information and political and economic power. Wanawake Wanaweza will also work with open minded men who believe that women can also rise up to the leadership challenge. http://www.undp.org/content/dam/kenya/docs/Peace%20Building/WanawakeWanawezaConcept-1-.pdf

 

Spreading the Spice – Erick Matsanza

Imagine a world in which any form of discrimination against women and girls is unacceptable out-there, unusual, just not done. Erick Matsanza  is a Social Change Catalyst and a 2014 graduate of kanthari International located in the land of spices, Trivandrum, Kerala State, South India. It which offers a 7 month, scholarship based program for visionaries who have overcome adversity and who are keen to drive ethical social change. This is where Matsanza conceptualized a project, Spice Chungu, which envisions a society transformed by the creative and critical voice of the women. As a social activist, he believes that social  issues can better be solved by persons who live them as opposed to solutions coming from spectators who come from outside the issues with a sympathetic approach … http://www.visionaloud.com/spreading-the-spice-erick-matsanza/

 

I lived through abuse as a child,but I conquered it

“This is a place where we don’t just see survivors of sexual abuse but treasures that need to be nurtured. Currently we work in partnership with Spice Without Borders, an organisation that believes in the creative and critical voice of the women.” http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/evewoman/article/2000208230/i-lived-through-abuse-as-a-child-but-i-conquered-it

 

Global Visionaries: Erick Matsanza – Spice Chungu
Erick recalls the difficulty he found completing his education and how on one Friday afternoon, due to the cost of his tuition, his education nearly came to an abrupt end. On this particular Friday afternoon, Erick overheard his mother and his brothers locked in a heated debate concerning how they would move forward with financing young Erick’s education. Unable to come to any sort of conclusive agreement, Erick’s older sister, a librarian at a nearby school, would provide the solution by taking Erick under her wing to continue his education with her. “Today I stand tall because I am inspired by the actions of my mother and my sister.” Read more at  http://zodculture.com/global-visionaries/