The mother of two was now struggling to make ends meet at home as the sole bread winner. She says as the country was grappling with cushioning it’s citizens from the deadly virus, she was cushioning her home from disarray, as her husband had abandoned them when he could not support the family economically.
The Strategic Plan outlines CREAW’s vision and ambitions and key interventions for achieving them. The choices contained in the Plan are largely informed by the lessons learnt, conclusions and recommendations from the analysis of CREAW’s operating context. Drawing from lessons learnt from our past practice, and building on our track record, this Strategic Plan seeks to effectively position CREAW within the emerging operating context as a basis of ensuring greater relevance and effectiveness. The Plan sets out broad parameters that will guide the development of more specific annual work plans and program documents.
CREAW will continue its work towards elimination of gender inequality and all forms of discrimination against women and girls. This is based on our philosophy that empowering women demands that we address unfair cultural norms and attitudes, enhance competencies of women and their institutions and advocate for the development and implementation of progressive legal, policy and institutional frameworks that promote/sustain gender equality.
This strategy is the outcome of a co-creation process between the CREAW Team and several stakeholders. We deeply appreciate their contribution to this process. We especially wish to extend sincere gratitude to our board members, partners and peers for the moral, financial and material support accorded to us during the Strategic Plan development process.
CREAW Strategic Plan — Abridged Version
At the core of the Constitution of Kenya (COK, 2010) is the belief that there can only be real progress in society if all citizens participate fully in their governance, and that all, male and female, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and all previously marginalized and excluded groups are included in the affairs of the republic.
CREAW’s Maternal and Neonatal Health (MNH) program dubbed Tunza Mama Na Mtoto, which translate to “care for the mother and her newborn baby” is implemented in partnership with Anglican development services of Mt Kenya East (ADSMKE) through funding from DFID and Christian Aid in Isiolo County. The project aims at improving maternal and newborn health outcome for vulnerable women and babies. The project works to increase demand, access, and uptake of quality MNH services within the targeted 32 health facilities in Garbatula, Merti and Isiolo Central subcounties through empowerment of women and girls to make healthy MNH choices, sensitization of communities to stem the barriers that prevent access to MNH services and enhance accountability of MNH services at all levels.
Family institutions serve as basis for communal structures yet the scourge of violence between men and women as a result of inequality cultured by the gendered norms seems to tear down structures that build the communities. In the wake of the scourge, women and girls are mostly affected.
Gender based violence is one of the most prevalent human rights violations not only in Kenya but across various parts of the developing world. It knows no social, economic, class or cultural confinement and status. It occurs in families, schools, work places, social structures and communities regardless of one’s religion, gender, race, creed or political persuasion and inclinations. Women and girls, and to a lesser degree men and boys, either directly and or indirectly experience or face the impact of some form of gender based violence. Gender based violence involves a wide variety of agents and actors from intimate partners and family members, to strangers and institutional actors such as teachers, pastors, office managers, seniors leaders, religious leaders and the police. Despite its adverse effects on the survivors, gender based violence (GBV) is still the least talked about violation of mainly women’s and girl’s human rights. It remains largely unreported or in reported instances, retracted and “amicably” settled.
Globally great strides have been made in embracing and actualizing the women’s political, economic and social equality. Closer home, Kenya continues to lag behind as compared to her East African counterparts. Kenyan women continue to be marginalized in many areas of society especially in the area of leadership and decision-making. Center For Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) under the Leadership and Governance program supports women leaders in various decision making spaces both at the national and county level; in elective and non-elective positions. This is through pushing, lobbying, advocating and agitating for the women’s agenda at all fronts to address the inequality and marginalization that women have faced in the political, social-economic and cultural context. This shall be achieved by building their capacities with the knowledge and skills required to articulate the constituents’ needs and priorities as they discharge their duties. This support will enable women effectively engage in decision making processes that will engender the budgets, laws and policies that will benefit women at the county and national levels. In the last two years CREAW has been implementing two projects in Meru, Nyeri and Kitui counties. The projects dubbed “Strengthening Women Leadership” in Meru and Nyeri and “towards gender inclusivity and equality’ in Kitui county, were anchored on Article 10 and 81(b) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010.
Center for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) is implementing a three year (November 2016 – October 2019) project dubbed, ’The Haki Yetu, Jukumu Letu’ project is funded by the Embassy of Netherlands in the counties of Meru and Kilifi.