No Means No Worldwide (NMNW) is a global rape prevention organization whose mission is to end sexual violence against women and children. They train instructors in high-risk environments to deliver our proven IMpower rape prevention curricula to boys and girls ages 10-20. Wherever they teach, the incidence of rape drops by 50%. Girls learn to identify risk, say “no” and talk their way out of trouble. If that “no” is not respected, they also learn physical skills to back it up. Boys learn to challenge rape myths, ask for consent and intervene if they anticipate or witness predatory behavior.
Globally, an estimated 35% of women experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. In Africa, that percentage increases to 45%. According to the UN Population Fund, almost 50% of all sexual assault victims are girls age 15 or younger. In the slums of Nairobi, where our programming started, 1 in 4 girls are raped every year. To a global community in need of a truly effective solution to gender based violence, NMNW is uniquely qualified to lead the effort.
NMNW’s technical work includes training and certifying local male and female instructors to deliver the IMpower curricula and supporting them to monitor and evaluate our intervention and its implementation. They hold implementing partners to high performance standards, to ensure curricula fidelity and program efficacy.
NMNW has rigorously evaluated its program: their research partners have published four quasi-experimental studies and one randomized control trial (RCT) in peer-reviewed journals, with one RCT currently under analysis and another under review. Key findings include:
- 50% decrease in the incidence of rape among female participants
- 50% of female participants used program skills to stop a rapist in the year following the training, and 20% used the skills more than once
- 74% of boys who witnessed physical or sexually assaultive behavior in the year following the program successfully intervened to stop it
- 46% decrease in school dropouts due to teen pregnancy among schools where they teach
- Programs through Ujamaa Africa in urban Kenya (since 2009) & ruralMalawi (since 2015)
- More than 180,000 girls and boys aged 10-20 taught IMpower skills
- At least 300,000 sexual assaults prevented- $7.44 to prevent a rape