Women in Kenya
Violence against women in Kenya is widespread and results from certain cultural norms, traditions and stereotypes, as well as discrimination regarding women’s role in society.
- Domestic violence, rape, Female Genital Mutilation, and human trafficking are endemic.
- Female Genital Mutilation has been outlawed for women under 18 but the practice continues due to cultural and social pressures on women.
- Victims of sexual violence have no support resulting in most cases going unreported.
- Cultural attitudes that believe women incapable of leadership lead to the exclusion and discrimination of women in politics.
The Government of Kenya has made some steps promoting women’s rights, signing and ratifying international legislation. But such legislation has not been implemented at a national level.
Womankind’s work in Kenya
We want to use the opportunities afforded by the new constitution to:
- increase women’s participation,
- reduce violence against women,
- strengthen the women’s movement, and
- increase the capacity of women’s organisations to influence policy and monitor the upholding of the new constitution and the rights it affords women in the country.
Work in Kenya will focus around Womankind’s three strategic aims to:
- End violence against women
- Increase women’s participation and voice in decision-making
- Increase resources for women’s rights and development.
Women’s leadership project
As part of our project to strengthen women’s leadership we focus on increasing the number of women in decision-making, by strengthening female political aspirant’s capacity, as well as bridging the gap between women in political structures and their female constituents.
We are piloting the use of mobile phones as tools for advocacy and accountability as well as other means of amplifying grassroots women’s voices, and the use of citizen’s journalism and community radio.