The struggle by women to break from deliberate and sustained patriarchal systems and mechanisms of oppression, and the movement to expand space for women in all spheres of life is well documented. In Kenya, gender equity has taken center stage resulting in the development and enactment of various legal and policy frameworks, and yet a recent study conducted by UN Women, the Kenya Women’s Empowerment Index (WEI), shows that only 29 percent of Kenyan women can participate equally and effectively in political, economic, and cultural life — and that their involvement is largely dependent on household circumstances. Kenya also still ranks among the most unequal societies in the world. Less than 0.1% of the population (8,300 people) own more wealth than the bottom 99.9% (more than 44 million people).
We hope that the Manifesto may influence discourse and debate…clarifying and amplifying what the women of Kenya want to be prioritized by political parties, leaders and the Government of Kenya in the 2022-2027 period.
Read the manifesto: The National Women’s Economic Recovery Manifesto for Women in Kenya, 2022-2027