GENDER EQUALITY AND WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT

FPFK Recognizes that gender equality is vital in sustainable development, that unless women and girls are able to utilize their rights in spheres of life, human development will not be fully realized.  

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INTRODUCTION

Gender has been a major concern in the world since men and women play an essential role in the development process. FPFK Recognizes that gender equality is vital in sustainable development, that unless women and girls are able to utilize their rights in spheres of life, human development will not be fully realized.  Through funding from different partners the church is and has implemented Gender Based projects nationally and regionally. 

 In Narok County the church runs a Maasai Gender and Environment project that seeks to empower rural women on environment conservation, waste disposal and management. The Maasai are a patriarchal community with male dominance in all aspects of life, from economic control, political and social dominance in decision making. Hence women do not have a voice due to culture. By promoting gender equality and empowering women to participate in development processes that shape their lives the project envisions developed and a more inclusive society. 

FPFK supported by the Norwegian Pentecostal Mission (PYM) – Norad Funded partner has also implemented the Tuinuane Women Project which seeks to uplift and empower rural Kenyan women.  It was initiated to address literacy needs of women but it was gradually phased out into a project that aims at lifting the socio-economic status of rural women through savings groups. In the groups the members intermediate their money through pooling savings and distributing loans amongst each other. No external financial resources are provided. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V44E7aUG24&t=35s

In Kajiado County the church through the support from PMU Interlife – SIDA funded partner is currently implementing an Anti Female Genital Mutilation Project. This project seeks to empower the community on the rights of the girl child and seek on the Alternative Rights of Passage with an aim of fighting retrogressive cultures.  

Strategically the church is working towards empowering women and girl child in access and control of resources, change attitudes regarding Risky cultural practices, capacity build to advocate and stand for their rights and lobby for girl child rights.

Intervention

  1. Access and control of resources
  2. Change of attitude regarding risky cultural practices
  3. Capacity building to advocate and stand  for their rights
  4. Lobby for child child rights (education, human rights)
Strategic OutcomesStrategic Outputs
Women have started their own businesses to generate income25 advocacy campaigns conducted in the target area to influence attitude on gender equality
There is acceptance and acknowledgement that women are important in leadership e.g. in the family set up3000 religious leaders trained on gender issues
FGM practices have reducedPercentage reduction in FGM practices
Women have started to advocate for their rights themselves4000 women‘s capacity built to advocate for their rights
Men are actively advocating for women rights Number of men actively advocating for women rights
Girls have been taken to school increased enrolmentNumber of girls enrolled in schools
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