Gender equality in political representation is a human rights issue and is fundamental for participation and representative governance. While Kenya’s new constitution provides important new protections for women, women in pastoral communities risk losing out of these opportunities because of decades of marginalization and dual bigotry. Limited access to services including healthcare and education, denial to own land and other means of wealth creation, segregation from accessing and utilizing resources at family and County government level, being informally barred from politics and other governance processes, perpetual resource based conflicts and mayhem, the pervasive gender and sexual violence against women and girls all combine to ensure that Samburu, Maasai and Borana women are disproportionately excluded from matters governance and enhanced transparency around resource allocation and use.
The program is about recognizing the importance of engaging men at the household, community and policy levels in interventions on women’s political empowerment and women’s leadership development. The program is a build on undertaking by the Coexist Initiative with the aim of targeting men as “gatekeepers” to gender equality or as potential agents of change in challenging established gender norms across board.