The She Leads Kenya Country Programme has been launched. The programme focuses on increasing the influence of Girls and Young Women (GYW) in decision making and the transformation of gender norms in formal and informal institutions in Kenya. The Launch was graced by key stakeholders such as community leaders and Girl Advocates, Government Officials and the civil society.
In spite of the gender-related challenges, girls and women in Kenya hold unlimited potential. Their increased contributions, especially the marginalized and disadvantaged groups, is needed to help Kenya reach its development goals in a more just, equal and inclusive environment.
Central to the She Leads Kenya programme is the enhancement of collective action and activism of girls and young women in a gender-responsive civil society (civil society domain). This will be supported by increased acceptance of positive social gender norms (socio-cultural domain) and the enabling of meaningful participation of girls and young women in decision-making by political institutions (institutional domain).
The She Leads programme will advocate for the inclusion of GYW´s perspectives in gender-responsive laws, policies, and societal norms and practices. The programme is about advocacy and capacity strengthening of girl and young women-led organisations and other civil society organisations; with girls and young women in the lead and setting their own (advocacy) agenda.
Terre des Hommes Netherlands continues to work towards a world that is free from child exploitation. Preventing and removing girls from abusive situations and from retrogressive cultural practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation is part of our work.
Through this five-year joint initiative, girls and young women will have a voice and space to influence decisions.