Programme to empower Kajiado girls and young women launched

By Obegi Malack

Kenya Alliance for Advancement of Children (KAACR) has launched a project to empower girls
and young women feminists (GYW).

The program dubbed She Leads was launched in Olkeri Ward in an event attended by
Kajiado North Member of Parliament Joseph Manje, speaker Johnson Osoi and Member of county assembly
James Waicha and his counterpart Lucy Wachuka.

Manje commended the organizations for supporting women and girls. He said as a legislature he
will empower the women and assist in legislation.

Timothy Ekesa, Executive Director of KAACR said the program targets members of
marginalized and disadvantaged groups, to build and strengthen their capacities to take lead and
set their own (advocacy) agenda.

It will give enabling environment for GYW and GYW-led social movements to build agency,
participate actively and freely, and champion for their rights and priorities.

The program is funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Netherlands . KAACR is the
local partner of ECPAT/DCI of the four member She Leads Project being implemented in nine
countries by Plan International, Terres des Homes, Defense for Children International (DCI) and
FEMNETT. She Leads Project, will also to be implemented in Kwale, Nairobi, Homabay and

The program will have community leaders as champions of change who will eventually publicly
challenge negative social norms and promote positive or alternative social norms such as
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), early marriage and teenage pregnancy.

Adolescent boys 14-18 years and men 18-35 years will be involved as gender champions to
positively influence gender norms.

KAACR Board chairperson Dr Henry Omae said they are focusing on ensuring everyone is
involved in solving issues facing women and young girls.

The consortium does not determine girl-led groups’ and local partners’ agendas but supports
them making their own decisions.

Speaker Osoi said it is important to support and nurture women and girls whether political or
professional, he said more should participate in leadership issues, they should vie for political

The media personnel were also urged during the KAACR training with media stakeholders to
cover more positive and negative issues affecting GYW and children.

GYW Kajiado County representative Naneu Kimer who is training to be a pilot said she has
been in the frontline to support young girls achieve their dreams, she said young girls can be
anything they want. She has formed a group that empowers young girls in the community.

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