Advancing Equality Through Human Rights Education in Kenya
Our goal for tomorrow is to advance women and girl’s empowerment in Kenya. The anticipated results are :
- Strengthened leadership for women and men to mobilize their communities
- Enhanced collaboration among women’s and human rights groups
- Improved efforts of women’s organizations to engage with decision-makers
The situation today
In Kenya, many efforts are being made to protect people’s basic human rights. Yet inequalities exist, especially for women and girls.
- 45% of women face intimate partner violence
- 9% of elected government seats are held by women
- 1% of land is owned by women, yet 89% of farmers are women
The Project adopts a participatory approach to advance gender equality that includes:
Knowledge and capacity-building
Training for community leaders on human-rights based approaches and gender equality
Community forums and coaching
- Joint awareness raising activities
- Community actions that advance gender equality
Engagement with decision-makers
- Training for women’s and human rights organizations
- Policy dialogues
- Action plans
Learn more about our work in Kenya
The planning and implementation of the Advancing Equality through Human Rights Education program is done in cooperation with the target communities in Kenya. Thus, community members have been consulted and have themselves outlined the most pressing gender equality issues in their communities through data collection conducted by Equitas and its local partners during the baseline study. The data collected were subsequently shared back to the communities and validated by them as truly reflecting the issues they had raised. Through human rights education, Equitas will provide them the tools and skills needed to achieve the desired change.
Equitas works in Kenya with Women’s Empowerment Link (WEL).
Our work in Kenya is part of the Advancing Equality through Human Rights Education project. The project is funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC).