African Woman and Child Feature Service in partnership with Community Aid International, Bridge Africa, Uzima and Abantu are working towards empowering the Civil Society and citizenry in 15 marginalized districts in 5 provinces to form local movements to effectively participate in a national citizens-driven reform and drive for good governance.
This is a move inspired by the state of Kenya polity today in regard to the various reform processes underway. Reforms that are driven by the people and for the people are key, for this to be achieved, there is need to create awareness in the public, particularly among those not within the mainstream arena of setting and understanding the public agenda.
It is against this background that AWC will partner with the above mentioned organizations to ensure that the voices and views of women and youth in marginalized areas are heard and are informed on the various reform processes which are significant to the quality of their lives.
The partners are working under the name JADILI: A name that embodies a comprehensive and all inclusive citizenry driven reform process.
ENHANCING WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND ACCESS TO LAND AND PROPERTY IN LINE WITH THE NEW CONSTITUTION
African Woman and Child Feature Service undertook to carry out the project: Media Based Advocacy to Enhance Women’s Rights and Access to land and Property in Line with Kenya’s New Constitution because of the realization that there is need to create awareness among men and women alike, as there is a glaring lack of gender and human rights awareness of the serious repercussions that the denial of women’s rights continue to have and of the possible strategies towards actual implementation of these rights on the ground. In addition, many women do not have information, confidence, experience and resources to obtain what they are legally entitled to.
That women lack sufficient knowledge about the rights they have under the law to own land and property. Rural, illiterate women do not even have access to the new constitution which guarantees them these rights. There is need for a continuous nationwide public education and civic information program to confront cultural barriers and practices that impede women’s access to land and property rights. If the application of the constitutional provisions that guarantees equitable access to land and property is not handled appropriately, domestic violence may escalate, families may break up and violence may increase significantly within families and communities.
The project goal was anchored in the rationale that there is need to enhance the full realization of women’s land rights is a long-term process and that advocacy and education and the role of the media is key in support of women’s land rights is crucial, given the deep-rooted cultural norms and practices which underlie discrimination in land tenure.
June 2011 - December 2011
Kenya Pastoralists Journalists Network (PAJAN) Media Diversity Content Centres
Women, men, Civil Society Organizations, media industry, journalists and Editors, Community Leaders, marginalized communities, Policy Makers and the General Public