Minorities at the UN: The socio-economic empowerment of women in Kenya
Jennipher Kere represented the Women in the Fishing Industry Programme (WIFIP), an MRG patrner organisation in Kenya which works to empower of women, at the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues. WIFIP has campaigned for psycho-social rehabilitation of war widows who have faced trauma, internal displacement and face sexual and reproductive health risks.
WIFIP points out the particular plight of the women from the Ogiek minority group in Kenya, whose lack of basic infrastructure hinders their access to resources. They also lack decision making over resources available to them, as this role is often played by men, despite the fact that often it is the women who provide the labour.
While WIFIP agrees that Kenya’s constitutional provisions mirror a lot of the draft recommendations of the UN Forum on Minority issues in guaranteeing the rights of the minority women, Kere notes that these are hindered by issues of implementation, enforcement and gender discrimination. Amongst WIFID’s recommendations are capacity building, social mobilization and organization of minority women. Find out more here.
Photo: A fishmonger collecting dried fingerlings to sell.