Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Women Empowerment for Local Governance
CLARION implemented the first phase of the WELOG project for two years (2008-2010). The current phase of the project will be implemented for the next two years (2010-2012). The objectives of WELOG are as follows:
To contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of women in Kenya.
To improve the level of participation of women in leadership (including political leadership) and management of development projects in four districts during two years.
In line with the objective and purpose above, WELOG seeks to achieve the following results:
1. Capacity of women to participate in the decision-making process of devolved funds’ committees improved;
2. Capacity of women to take political leadership positions and leadership in devolved funds’ committees improved;
3. Networking between organizations working with and for women empowerment improved; and
4. Project effectively and efficiently implemented.
WELOG seeks to deal with two related issues:
Socio-economic conditions of women
The project will contribute to improving the socio-economic conditions of women as a way of contributing to the overriding goal of many of Kenya’s “devolved funds”: the alleviation of poverty. This is the focus not only of devolved funds but also major policy frameworks including Vision 2030. Women are specifically targeted because they suffer the brunt of poverty. Low levels of participation in decision-making generally translate to fewer opportunities for women to progress compared to men. This action is, therefore, part and parcel of the many initiatives, both governmental and non-governmental, that aim to contribute to the goal of alleviating poverty.
Leadership at the local level
CLARION’s various studies have demonstrated how women are marginalised in decision-making. The findings of two particular studies, Gender Dimensions in the Management of Decentralized Resources in Kenya: The Case of Mombasa District (2007) and Gender and Leadership in Kenya: A Post-2007 General Elections’ Situation Analysis, are important for this project. Promoting leadership by women at the local level will contribute to the improvement of their socio-economic conditions.
- WELOG EVALUATION WORKSHOP-2010
- WELOG LEADERSHIP TRANING WORKSHOP REPORT-MARCH 2010
- WELOG MOMBASA TRAINING REPORT
- WELOG REPORT - 2010
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