Kenya has seen significant action in recent years to build institutions, infrastructure and policies to promote gender equality, including a Plan of Action to implement the National Policy on Gender and Development, launched in 2008. The country has made some progress on maternal mortality, has achieved gender parity in primary education enrolment and is approaching parity in secondary education.
The impact of legal and policy frameworks on the lives of girls and women, however, has been undermined by weak implementation and a lack of gender-responsive budgeting. Pervasive discrimination and cultural norms influence women’s land tenure and participation in labour markets; child, early and forced marriage; female genital mutilation (FGM); food security and nutrition; and access to finance and technology.
Many girls and women still lack access to basic services, and women remain under-represented in decision-making positions and political leadership.
Despite the Kenya's progressive policy frameworks to improve gender equality and equity, girls and women still face discrimination.Read more
“We come together on issues that affect us,” says Alice, a member of GROOTS Kenya, which equips women with the tools, knowledge and confidence to advocate for their rights.Read more
“We come together on issues that affects us. The authorities hear you better when you come as a group.”
“We – the GROOTS women – decided to begin generating our localized data based on the specific needs of a specific project. This data is powerful – it is real time and highly contextualized.”
“For a long time in Kenya, those who lived in poverty required data the most. Data used to be collected by the government only, but now we encourage women to collect data because it is transformative and empowering.”
GROOTS Kenya is a national movement of grassroots women-led community-based groups and self-help groups
With their original research, GROOTS Kenya advocate for women’s rights and use data to hold their government accountable for implementing policies and frameworks that are inclusive of everyone on issues including access to land, access to financial and digital services, sexual and reproductive health, unpaid care work, safe public spaces, and access to energy, amongst others.
Through the use of their community-generated data and evidence, the grassroots women champions have been able to engage policymakers and local authorities and have collectively influenced county budgets (alongside other key stakeholders).Read More
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