The Initiative for Equality and Non Discrimination (INEND) is a local not-for-profit organisation 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 recognises 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 criminalise 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.
INEND conducts research to generate knowledge and information on issues affecting sexual and minorities for evidence-based programming and interventions.
Championing for a change of laws and policies and addressing any gaps to ensure that they are inclusive and participatory for sexual and gender minorities, and fostering social change, in order to reduce stigma, descrimination and any form of violation
Creating a platform for the sharing and exchange of skills and knowledge in the areas of organizational development and programming, amongst our partners and networks, in order to build a stronger movement
Building strong networks with allies, supporters and change-makers, to facilitate dialogue and meaningful engagement within formal and informal spaces, as well as having collective approach to championing human rights.