Mozilla Clubs

Mozilla Club Leadership Training in Nairobi

Mozilla and UN Women are partnering to bring key digitial skills to women and girls in Nairobi. Our objective is to form 10 Mozilla Clubs for women around Nairobi that teach how to read, write and participate on the web in an inclusive and engaging way. The aim is to motivate club learners to become content producers and not just media consumers.

On May 7, 2016 we gathered the Mozilla Club organizers in Nairobi, known as Club Captains, as well as many other local leaders from Digital Opportunity Trust, Empower Women and World Pulse to bring a community together around teaching the web to women and girls in Nairobi. The 32 attendees participated in many group exercises and activities to teach the web while learning how to adapt the Mozilla Clubs model in a local framework that allows for them to create safe and open learning spaces for women online and offline.

“Expression is a form of freedom. I am here because I can't talk freely and thus, I am not free."

THE AGENDA

    The goals of the training were to:

  • Learn to teach how to read, write and participate on the web in an inclusive and engaging way.
  • Practice facilitative leadership skills.
  • Provide safe learning spaces for women and girls on topics they care about.
  • Learn about tools and resources that attendees can use in their local communities.

ATTENDEES

Here's a glimpse of some of the local leaders who attended:

Nyatichi (Michelle), pictured left. Michelle is a student at Technical University of Kenya. She runs a Mozilla Club in Kawangware for young women ages 17-25 years. Michelle thinks it's important to empower women in Web Literacy because they need it and we have to "teach them how to stand up for themselves in a world with so many men."

Doris, pictured right. Doris works at Akili Dada as the GAP Year Programme Lead. Akili Dada nurtures transformative leadership in girls and young women from underprivileged backgrounds to meet the urgent need for more African women in leadership. With Doris' help we are able to train Akili Dada interns to run Mozilla Clubs for girls in their local communities.



MaryAnn, pictured left. Maryann is a Mozilla community member who by day works as a product designer at Esoko Global and by night runs a Mozilla Club in the slums of Soweto. Maryann runs a club because she wants to empower more women, especially those from marginalized communities, and give back to society.

LOCAL ISSUES FOR WOMEN IN NAIROBI AND HOW TO TEACH THEM

For this activity we did some intial plotting of all the issues that women face in Naiorbi. Once we had exhausted our list, attendees were able to vote on their top two issues that they thought were most important. The top four issues that we identified were domestic violence (violence women face in their homes from their partners or family members), sexual harassment (harassment on streets and local neighborhoods from name-calling to sexual abuse), discrimination based on physical identity (women who judged based on their size, color of their skin, height etc.) and workplace discrimination (women who are not given opportunities for advancement or pay based on their gender).

In groups, attendees were asked to develop an activity that could be used in their events to address these issues. Here are some sample activites:

-Domestic Violence. An activity idea would be to have a video production workshop where learners would interview those that have suffered domestic violence in safe spaces and share their stories in the video. Learners would then share that video online to build awareness on the issues.

-Sexual Harassment. An activity idea would be to create a site or blog where individuals could share where they have experienced harassement and it is mapped so that others are aware of where these events take place.

-Discrimination Based on Physical Identify. An activity idea would be to have learners walk around with papers attached to their backs and have other learners write positive comments about their bodies and personalities. Afterwards each learner is able to go home with a list of positive affirmations about themselves. Another activity idea could be to create a blog showing a variety of types of women that highlights why they are all beautiful.

-Workplace Discrimination. An activity idea would be to have learners create their own digital advertisements that talk about the issues that women face in the workplace. Another activity idea would be to pair up learners and have them role play being a boss and employee and discuss various conversations such as asking for a raise.

CREATING SAFE SPACES

In groups, attendees were asked to brainstorm a list of how to create safe spaces online and offline. Here are their collective ideas:

OFFLINE

-Choose a physical space and time that is safe for all women.

-Create a space where participants are free and encouraged to share opinions.

-Develop and present ground rules. Continuously remind attendees of those rules.

-Engage your attendees. Create an open floor for everyone to participate.

-Work with people to understand their self-awareness. Know your strenghts and weaknesses, be aware of them

-Avoid biases and stereotypes.

-Appreciate each other and everyone's answers (even if you don't agree).

-Remember to maintain your confidence.

-Create offline code of conduct policy, similar to how they do online.

-Do activities like spectograms and sticky note exercises.

ONLINE

-Have an online policy and make sure it is being enforced.

-Adhere to terms and conditions.

-Create reporting tools for negative comments.

-Not all discussions need to be public online. Sometimes you can ask for feedback or ideas through email.

-Filter or block harmful sites using privacy or encryption.

FEEDBACK

Here's some of the feedback we heard at the end of the event:

"Today is a good day. Not only have I had fun but I feel empowered."

"I made new and valuable connections and even reconnected with a classmate after 5 years. It was indeed great and seeing men that are passionate about women empowerment just served to strengthen my commitment to the course."

"I finally get it. I now know how to run my club in a way that is engaging and empowering, but mostly that I don't even need to internet to teach the web."

Read this report by Empower Women Champion, Liz Guantai, showcasing her reflection on the training.

View this album to see more pictures of the training and Mozilla Clubs for women and girls in Nairobi.

WHATS NEXT?

Attendees are taking time to reflect upon their learning and how to integrate the techniques, activities and curriculum they learned at the training.

Attendees will be continuing to run on-going clubs in their local communities and submitting their events online.

WANT TO RUN YOUR OWN TRAINING LIKE THIS?

If you're interested in running a similar event in your local community just go to this page which includes the agenda and a facilitation guide for each agenda item. If you click remix (in the top right corner) you are able to create your own copy of the page and edit it however you want! Let us know how it goes by sharing with @MozLearn on Twitter.