It goes without saying that agricultural production and food security are enhanced when women are granted land tenure security. Women access to land and property is central to their economic empowerment, as land serves as the centerpiece for food production and income generation for the whole family. Having secured
rights to land in the 2010 Kenya Constitution is not just good for women, their families and communities it is good for Kenya. As rural women globally prepare to initiate programs supporting the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched in 2016, their land and natural resource rights, regardless of tenure type, cannot be wished away by policy makers including respective governments, county government, African Union and the international community.Land issues for women in Africa, particularly Kenya, remain complex. This partly due to dualism inland tenure system, existence of poor land policies and governance systems that entrench gender inequality.
Women have weaker land rights comp-ared to men.Thousands of African rural women were to assemble at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro to accomplish the strategic plan initiated by their leaders in Arusha Tanzania. The gesture was to strengthen their voices on land ownership and management of natural resources in the continent.The Cabinet Secretary for Lands in Kenya, while receiving the charter from rural Kenyan women before agging o the caravan to Arusha, promised that his ministry will implement Chapter 60 of the constitution on land governance to address women’s grievances on land ownership.
The Charter calls for reforms on policies and legal provisions violating women’s rights to land ownership, as contained in the matrimonial Property Act 2013 and the recently assented Land Amendment Act 2015. However, he also said that women should ght for their rights adding,“no one will give you anything just like that.” But when did men ever ght for their rights? They have all the privileges.Women all over Africa own only a paltry 15% of registered land. Kenyan women own only 1% of registered land.
The journey of women to Mt. Kilimanjaro Initiative via caravans from various corners of
the continent was a cause to unite Africa’s rural women’s voices to assert land and natural resource rights. The voices of the women at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro resounded as: Will the women be able to enjoy land rights? The Kenya 2010 Constitution represents gains for the women of Kenya. Section 40 of the Kenyan constitution promises the right to own property to every person, while section 60 ensures equitable access to land and security of land rights, but without mentioning women or acknow-ledging their historical stereotypes.
Another challenge is that men are not likely to enforce the Kenya 2010 Constitution – even with its shortcomings on women rights. Customs and bad cultural practices still hold women back. We are discriminated against in several areas – land, property rights et al. The society upholds men as the sole property owners.
Peace and Security
The emergence of various armed ‘extremist’ groups in the Greater Horn of Africa, particularly al-Shabaab and its affiliates, has elicited a range of political, security, and developmental responses. Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), a developmental approach to counter-terrorism that seeks to address the social and political ‘root causes’ of violent extremism, has gained particular prominence in Kenya. CWID Findings presented below show community perceptions of violent extremism based on extensive consultations Muslim-majority urban communities in Kenya: Eastleigh and Majengo in Nairobi, Majengo in Mombasa, and Garissa. Communities in these locations have been targeted both for recruitment by armed extremist groups like al-Shabaab and for CVE programs by the Kenyan government, local and international civil society. CWID in Collaboration with the community, peace committees and Nyumba Kumi Balozis issues early signs warning to the community and Government security agencies to Counter the Violent extreemist groups activities. Working closely with the community CWID office gets reports from the community on various suspects and suspicious activities carried out within Coastal Region that cold lead to Terrorism and Violence.
Peace is priceless, conflict begets death, hatred, corruption and under development. Peace is possible anywhere, in a conflict transformation program in Lelan sub county of West Pokot County, local leaders opted to start building peace. Stop violence, save lives and heal the shattered communities. CWID In collaboration with the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, the leaders initiated various peace connector projects in the region and in the formation of youth and women groups.The Lelan community has chosen to keep the dairy cattle and dairy goats, a project that fetches up to Ksh90 million annually for three dairy cattle. The practice is aunting the value of one dairy cow to be as equivalent of 100 heads of local cattle hence owning a big head of cattle has become a show o while on the other hand the communities that have embraced alternative sources of livelihoods are peacefully co-existing thus the decrease in cattle rustling and other
cross border conicts arising from resource sharing. PEACE ONE DAY is a platform for empowering young peopleto become the driving force behind the vision ofa united, and sustainable world. Founded in 1999by Jeremy Gilley and adopted by the UnitedNations as the first ever annual day of globalceasere and non-violence on 21 September –Peace Day. Peace One Day is impartial and independent of any government, political persuasion, corporation, or religious creed. Peace One Day utilizes dierent tools to raise awareness, advocate for Peace Day and engage the global community in its broad observance through a multi-platform approach. Langata Women Correction Center was one of the
host of the annual events and CWID participated in tree planting, processions, candle lightings, dancing, football, Miss Peace
One Day competition among other activities. There were also speeches from guest speakers and motivational speakers Madam Mwanajuma Hiribae from Action Aid.
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