By Obegi Malack
Kajiado County is among six counties in the country that will benefit from program sponsored by Kenya Alliance for Advancement of Children (KAACR).
The program dubbed She Leads Project, will also to be implemented in Kwale, Nairobi, Homabay and Kisumu and will focus on empowering women on gender equality.
KAACR Board chairperson Dr Henry Omae said the program is funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Netherlands and will be implemented in nine countries for five years.
Speaking during the Kajiado County stakeholders meeting in Kajiado North, he said they are focusing on ensuring everyone is involved in solving issues facing women and young girls.
“We will mainly focus on capacity building and answer why some issues keep happening such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), early marriage and teenage pregnancy,” he said.
KAACR Legal officer Joy Katunge said the consortium does not determine girl-led groups’ and local partners’ agendas but supports them making their own decisions.
“There shall be yearly reviews which will give feedback on the previous year as we move into the next year,” said Katunge.
Other partners for the program are Plan International, Terre Des Hommes, DCI-ECPAT and FEMNET-The African’s Women Development and Communication Network
Charles Leshore, an official at Maasai Museum and Centre for Indigenous said FGM and early marriage is rampant in Kajiado County mainly in cross border sub counties that borderTanzania.
He called for implantation of policies passed by the county and national government adding that KAACR should focus on ensuring the policies are implemented.
He said Kajiado the FGM perpetrators have changed tactics and girls are now taken to Tanzania for the cut and only return when the act has already been done.
“We should move away from awareness to social change because this involves parents and we should work with them to solve the issues,’’ he said.
Timothy Ekesa, Executive Director of KAACR said children are facing too much challenges caused by Covid-19 the main challenge is neglect.
The director said the organization is doing more media awareness to get to children and speak to them, to feel they have value and they are loved; counselors are also recruited to counsel them.