Canada Gives Women Rights Organizations in Kenya a major boost

April 1st, 2019 – Nairobi, Kenya - Global Affairs Canada and CARE

Canada is pleased to announce, in partnership with CARE International, a new CAD 7,8M Women’s Voice and Leadership initiative that will strengthen the capacity of Women’s Rights Organizations in Kenya to promote gender equality.  

The initiative, funded by Canada and led by CARE Kenya, will support approximately 120 women’s rights organizations across the country. It will support them to enhance their structures, programming and ability to deliver quality services to promote women’s and girls’ rights and equal opportunities for everyone. It will also enhance the effectiveness of women’s rights platforms in Kenya.

“Canada is proud of its contribution to Kenya’s Women’s Voice and Leadership initiative. We strongly believe that gender equality is one of the most effective ways to eradicate poverty. This initiative will help to promote a vibrant, sustained and healthy women’s rights movement that will ensure women’s voices are heard to the benefit of everyone,” said Canadian High Commissioner to Kenya Lisa Stadelbauer in her opening remarks at the project launch in Nairobi.

“We are truly excited about the potentials of the Women’s Voice and Leadership program. This innovative feminist program, designed and run by local women’s organizations, will link together women’s groups throughout the country, allowing them to engage, learn and multiply their successes. The ripple effect of this program will have a positive impact for generations” said CARE Canada President and CEO Gillian Barth.

Quick Facts

The Women’s Voice and Leadership initiative, which was launched in 2017 as part of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, responds to the needs of local women’s organizations and movements in developing countries, which are working to advance the rights of women and girls and promote gender equality.

CARE International in Kenya

CARE is a leading humanitarian and development organization fighting global poverty. CARE places a special focus on working alongside women and girls because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. CARE commenced its humanitarian programme in Kenya in 1968. Since then CARE has built a substantial development and humanitarian program including refugee operations; emergency response; livelihoods and resilience; food security; climate change adaptation; water, sanitation and hygiene; sexual, reproductive and maternal health; women and girls’ economic empowerment, youth employability and inclusive governance.