Women in Wajir County have particularly suffered the effects of poverty, particularly income and food insecurity. This has been due to unfavourable gender dynamics within these vulnerable communities.
While women are expected to care for family with no compensation, men are the main decision makers. When men take the lead role managing household assets and resources it is leaving women with little to no say over issues that directly affect them and their children.
Kenya has been experiencing a drought which has caused severe shock to the agricultural industry since the onset of the drought in 2015. The drought has affected families and limited lifestyle in Kenya. Due to agricultural damage, the most affected groups have been women and children due to the food and income insecurity.
Existing gender roles in Kenya which perceive women in roles of motherhood limit their access to educational, health and economic resources.
By creating opportunities and accessible resources for women to become an influence in alleviating poverty and becoming key voices in their close-knit communities, women alongside men can be participators in implementing and investing in sustainable development and poverty alleviation.
When Islamic Relief launched the community-based program for the social and economic empowerment of women, over 200 women received life-changing skills training for the betterment of their day to day lives.
These life-changing skills included:
An IR Kenya staff evaluates the solarization of the ‘Wagalla Mother to Mother Support’ Group Shallow well at their farm
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