This programme seeks to  contribute to the significant increase and  meaningful  participation of women in governance and leadership positions through public sensitization, community mobilization, working with political parties working with women themselves, working through smart networks, innovative use of ICT platforms and media advocacy. In Kenya, the progress towards women’s involvement in politics was initially very slow. Noticeable changes have only been observed within the last 10 years. A recent Kenyan newspaper report shows that although women make up 52% of the Kenyan population, only 63 out of 349 Members of Parliament are elected women. No women were elected as governors or senators in the 2013 elections and only 88 out of 1,450 seats in county governments are held by women. This reflects a serious under-representation of women in governance and decision making structures.

Strategy statements

Program Outcome

Improved contribution of women leaders in the formulation of gender responsive policies, legislation and projects by 2017.

Program Objectives

  1. To strengthen the ability of women leaders in target counties to effectively contribute to the formulation of gender responsive policies, legislation and projects.
  2. To design and implement strategies that support women leaders to take up appointive, nominated and elected Offices of leadership and authority.
  3. To influence the development and implementation of laws and policies that create increased, actual opportunities for women’s participation in leadership and authority.

Strategies

  1. Public sensitization.
  2. Community mobilization.
  3. Working with political parties.
  4. Working with women at the county and national levels.
  5. Working through smart networks to create critical buy-in and support for women in leadership.
  6. Innovative use of ICT platforms and media advocacy.
  7. Working with county monitoring networks.

Achievements

CREAW significantly contributes to strengthening democratic principles at the local levels by affording grassroots citizens platforms where they can articulate their needs and priorities to elected and nominated women leaders, and have the opportunity to interrogate the ability of elected and nominated women leaders to carry their concerns to decision making structures which they occupy. CREAW has in 7 counties established, strengthened and continues to engage with county monitoring networks known as County Accountability Cells; whose mandate is to track constituents’ satisfaction with their elected and nominated women leaders and facilitate feedback between constituents and their leaders. This serves to strengthen accountability by women leaders to their constituents and helps amplify the constituent’s emerging needs and priorities to county and national level governance structures . 40 % of the issues raised during the direct interactions with the County Accountability Cells and the leaders around issues of improving   the economic development of women by accessing devolved funds, health, agriculture subsidies and protection from cartels have been taken up by the women leaders in Murang’a, Nyeri, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Kisii, Nakuru and Kiambu counties CREAW supports women leaders in various decision making spaces at both the national and county level towards 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, socio-economic and cultural context. In the period towards the 2013 election, CREAW supported 35 women throughout Kenya, 22 of whom were elected and nominated at both national and county levels. CREAW is now working towards building the capacity of 100 elected and nominated women leaders across 7 counties to be fully equipped with the skills, knowledge and capacity needed in order to meaningfully articulate the constituents’ needs and priorities in the dispensation of their duties . CREAW’s support will also enable the women effectively engage in decision making processes that will engender budgets, laws and policies that will benefit over 20 million women at both the county and national levels.