Participatory Action Research for Positive Change

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The Female Rights Challenge

The Female Rights Challenge concerned the rights for girls and women in Kisii, rural Kenya to decide whether or not to be circumcised. The outcome was the stepping stone for the Women Empowerment Challenge that was executed one year later in the same area.


The 7Senses Challenge is an intensive 12-week program for students, post-graduates and professionals. In a multi-disciplinary, international team they perform Participatory Action Research in the field to boost community empowerment while at the same time work on their own personal and professional development.

Challenge name  Female Rights Challenge
Start date January 11th 2016
Duration 12 weeks
Status Finished
Country Kenya
Coordinator Phyllis Livaha
Number of participants 1
Number of local researchers 2

Each Challenge design starts from a community issue, addressed by its problem owners at location. As such, we make sure the Challenge is based on local demand rather than donor demand. Together with these local stakeholders, we design the Challenge in a way that fits the local context, from the problem framing up to methodology and concept definitions.

Problem Definition
Main Research Question
Sub Questions

Each Challenge delivers direct outcomes for the local community on the addressed issue: we can share how many people have been reached, what their perspective is on the current and desired situation and what final Community Action Plan (CAP) they have co-created and implemented. In a later stage, local stakeholders will evaluate the impact of the CAP.

Current situation (baseline) according to local stakeholders
Desired situation according to local stakeholders
Co-created solution

The impact of this Challenge has not been measured yet. As soon as we have results of the impact measurement, it will be presented here.



Phyllis Livaha

Coordinator & Action Researcher
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Ermisinde Strijcker

Action Researcher
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Francis Maina Gathemia

Action Researcher
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Lydia Nyambura Mukami

Action Researcher
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Sustainable Development Goals

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Challenge Reports

Each Challenge delivers one or more reports. Read here all detailed information on the PAR methodology and outcomes of this Challenge.

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