Njuhi Chege,                Founder and CEO of Riri JewelleryBoard Member and National Peace Spokesperson of Festival for ...
1. What do you know about Kenya?2. Challenges facing womentrepreneurs3. The decade of change•   Constitution: Equal rights...
GDP: 33.62 milliondollars(2011 est)Population: 43,013,341(July2012 est)50.05% of population isfemale (2011)Low Income Coun...
www.ririjewellery.com
Whatdo you Knowabout Kenya???               www.ririjewellery.com
   Costs are transferred to the consumer rendering    products expensive (handmade vs. mass produced)   Limits access to...
   Limited government support and corruption        “ It did not matter if I was a woman or a man, the problem    was tha...
Legal                       Administrative                   RegulatoryThe new constitution;       Vision 2030:Creative In...
   Educational reform ,outreach programs, technology training and    mentorship   Fully implementing the constitution in...
Entrepreneurship is Kenya’s only visible long term answer to economic upheavals including poverty, slow growth, global eco...
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4th Annual Harvard African Development Conference 2013: Panel Title- "Women’s Economic Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship"

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Even though there has been limited progress in the area of women’s economic empowerment, according to World Bank data, the rate of female entrepreneurship is higher in Africa than in any other region of the world. These women entrepreneurs represent a powerful source of economic growth and opportunity. This panel will focus on examining the relative successes of efforts aimed at leveling the playing field for women’s pursuit of economic empowerment through entrepreneurship, what legal and regulatory obstacles women still face in their pursuit for social and economic progress (including gender restrictive laws), and outlining what types of economic and legal reforms should be pursued in order to pave the way for more opportunities for other women entrepreneurs.

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  • Comparatively, the area occupied by Kenya is slightly more than twice the size of the state of NevadaIncome Category: Low Income; I in every 2 kenyans is poor. Women are the face of poverty in kenyaHigh loan interest rates & high costs of livingBurgeoning middle classEastern and central Africa's hub for Financial, Communication and Transportation servicesresearch shows that countries that fail to address gender barriers are losing out on significant economic growth.
  • In the first FAFA, there were more women than menImpact of violence on women’s mental health a patriarchal society, domestic violence is actually recognized as one way of disciplining one's wife. In fact, even the society socializes you as a woman to anticipate this discipline. It is so deeply inculcated in many peoples' minds. Experts are divided over statistics that show domestic violence is on the rise - and what they mean. True indicators of a country’s commitment to gender equality lie in its actions to eliminate violence against women in all its forms and in all areas of life.
  • increase women’s access to and control over decision-making, land, technology, credit, livelihoods and other means of production and social protection. Nonetheless there is still room for more improvement through immediate implementation of the constitution especially the 2/3 gender rule. The culture is still highly patriarchal therefore violence against women, HIV/AIDS prevalence, insecurity are still issues that undermine our experiences in Kenya.
  • by changing negative cultural attitudes, restrictions in implementing the law, domesticating international law, and changing negative stereotypes about women
  • Sharing experiences and best practice
  • 4th Annual Harvard African Development Conference 2013: Panel Title- "Women’s Economic Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship"

    1. 1. Njuhi Chege, Founder and CEO of Riri JewelleryBoard Member and National Peace Spokesperson of Festival for African Fashion and Arts (FAFA) www.ririjewellery.com
    2. 2. 1. What do you know about Kenya?2. Challenges facing womentrepreneurs3. The decade of change• Constitution: Equal rights & Devolution• Political will: Vision 2030• ICT• Financial Inclusion• The women’s movement4. How to safeguard womens gains so far www.ririjewellery.com
    3. 3. GDP: 33.62 milliondollars(2011 est)Population: 43,013,341(July2012 est)50.05% of population isfemale (2011)Low Income CountryWomen own 48% of MSME’sMain income generators:Agriculture & Fishery- 25%Trade, Transport, Comm.-27%Industry and manufacturing-11%ServicesNet importer
    4. 4. www.ririjewellery.com
    5. 5. Whatdo you Knowabout Kenya??? www.ririjewellery.com
    6. 6.  Costs are transferred to the consumer rendering products expensive (handmade vs. mass produced) Limits access to capital due to high bank interest rates, and lack of collateral (usually land or property) Markets and distribution Finding and retaining good employees In search of cheaper means of production you increase the threats to security: rape, banditry, and armed robberies www.ririjewellery.com
    7. 7.  Limited government support and corruption “ It did not matter if I was a woman or a man, the problem was that I was taking on a multinational that had monopolized the market for over 80 years.” Tabitha Njoroge, CEO Keroche Industries Unequal access to property and land thus limiting access to finance Social issues; Culture of male chauvinism, attitudes of westernization, restricted mobility and Domestic violence: caused by poverty (50%) alcoholism (35%) income inequality (5%) and cultural beliefs (10%). (Moi University, 2010) www.ririjewellery.com
    8. 8. Legal Administrative RegulatoryThe new constitution; Vision 2030:Creative Industry Easier access to capital:•Affirmative action (Art. Proposed map, Women’s fund, customized loans by81) Youth Fund commercial banks, Non•Devolution Governmental organizations, Micro Finance Institutions, Savings and Credit Cooperatives, Mobile bankingFully subsidized public Initiating: Leveraging on Information andprimary education •Gender desks in various Communications Technology; ministries to simplify licensing • The National Commission on requirement, reduce Gender and development bureaucratic procedures; •The department of Gender in promote financial inclusion the Ministry of Gender, Sports of benefit because women and Culture & social services tend to be ‘time poor’; mobile phone apps that cut middle menAccess to justice Vibrant women’s movement Regional integration, Ease ofenforcement of contracts and increased visibility of trading across borders,and patent rights successful womentrepreneurs common ratification of the
    9. 9.  Educational reform ,outreach programs, technology training and mentorship Fully implementing the constitution in regards to women Continued review, reform and implementation of government programs and policies to enhance general business i.e. export promotion Raise the profile and increase recognition of women run businesses Transformational interdependent relationships with men Tackle poverty and under- development Research- Establish key performance indicators www.ririjewellery.com
    10. 10. Entrepreneurship is Kenya’s only visible long term answer to economic upheavals including poverty, slow growth, global economic slumps/depressions… www.ririjewellery.com

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