The recently launched ‘She Leads’ programme, Kwale chapter will strengthen the girl child capacity to enable them raise their voices.
‘She Leads’ Coordinator Caroline Boraya said since the challenges facing young girls in various counties differs, the Organisation is engaging young women in various social and economic aspects so that they take the lead role in their own communities.
Under the flagship of The Network for Adolescent and Youth of Africa (NAYA), the programme aims at enhancing the capacity of youth advocates, young people, youth led organisations and policy makers to undertake Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) advocacy at international, regional, national and counties in Kenya to improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of health including SRHR information and services.
Ms Boraya said the Organisation currently operates in six counties countrywide and it has positively transformed the lives of many girls in those counties.
“We currently engage young women and girls in Nairobi, Homa Bay, Kajiado, Kwale, Mombasa and Kisumu counties,” she said.
She noted that in Kwale for example girls still suffer cultural setbacks that have foregrounded the boy child living behind the girl child.
“We need both children to have same space in the community so that they can as well make independent decisions as they grow up,” Added Ms Boraya.
She said the engagements will enable young women fight violences meted on them through collaborations with grassroots community leaders as well as their peers.
“When these young women are fully empowered and enabled to raise their voices against discrimination, or sexual violence, we will be securing our own future,” Added the girl child rights defender.
She also revealed that the Organisation is pushing for safe space for young women in the society so that they can take the lead role.
On her part, Msambweni Sub county ‘She Leads’ community coordinator Risper Mwaka said with the recently launched efforts, the girl child will be able to fight and defend for her space in the society.
“We need to leave today and focus on the future, we should not live in the past where a girl was deemed less important in her own family, that’s detrimental,” She said.
Addressing the same forum during the launch of the ‘She Leads’ Kwale chapter programme, Network for Adolescent and Youth of Africa (NAYA) Executive Director Victor Rasugu said the programme is a milestone in building confidence and self esteem among young women in Kwale County and in other rural parts of the country.
“The programme focuses on capacity building and enabling the young women taking the lead role in raising their concerns and as well participate in policy formulation that will fully incorporate their needs,” He said.
[Network for Adolescent and Youth of Africa (NAYA) Executive Director Victor Rasugu. Photo/Courtesy].
NAYA will be implementing the project in Matuga, Msambweni and Lungalunga sub counties, Kwale County.
The Organisation will engage influential community members including local, traditional, cultural and religious leaders, civil society and government institutions.