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Convener - Coalition for grassroots human rights defenders, Kenya

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Presentation by Rachael Mwikali, female activist, at the SIANI Members Meeting in Nairobi, November 14th 2018

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Convener - Coalition for grassroots human rights defenders, Kenya

  1. 1. RACHAEL MWIKALI WOMEN’S/FEMINIST ACTIVIST. • CONVENER- COALATION FOR GRASSROOTS HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS KENYA
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION • Gender issues are crucial to be addressed in development, being that gender equality is also Human Right. • Economic reasons especially the agriculture sector, – Where gender inequalities in access to and control over resources and land are persistent – This undermines sustainable and inclusive development of the sector. • Distributional issues are related to gender differences, arising from the socially constructed relationship between men and women.
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION • This affects the distribution of resources between them and cause many constraints in development outcomes. • Gender roles and relations affects agriculture and household welfare critical for human development. • We must also stress more on rights of women and youths to own land especially young women.
  4. 4. WOMEN AND AGRICULTURE • We should be able to change retrogressive social norms/cultures that work against women to ensure they are effective to agriculture. • According to FAO 70% of food on the table is produced by small scale farmers over which 75% are women. • This means that women are central in food production. • What are we doing to address the inequalities in agriculture?
  5. 5. WOMEN AND AGRICULTURE What are we doing to address the inequalities in agriculture?
  6. 6. Cont, • For instance on the flower farms majority of those working there are women but are working in deplorable conditions. • You also find that the majority of the farm owners are men. • How now do we deconstruct power relations being that patriarchy come before capitalism?
  7. 7. How now do we deconstruct power relations being that patriarchy come before capitalism?
  8. 8. YOUTH AND AGRICULTURE • Youth empowerment projects and agriculture are mainly targeting young men leaving out young women. • This is also a constraint of limiting young women effective contributing to agriculture. • Different stakeholders needs to think strategically on how to bridge the gap between urban youth and rural youth, the importance of taking them as primary stakeholders in development of agriculture in the region.
  9. 9. MOVING FROM POLICY TO ACTION CGHRDs Kenya has: • Been able to join other social movements and defenders that defend rights of farmers • Met with the Nairobi County committee on agriculture to push for the UN declaration on the right of peasant, that was passed in the UN council now going to the UN general assembly. • If it goes through we will push for domestication.
  10. 10. Contd…. • Encouraged community sack gardening in Mathare and Kangemi ( low income urban settlements) • Encouraged equitable ownership of property at the domestic level amongst the different genders within the family set up • Encouraged the de-stigmatization of agriculture amongst young people as option for those who have ‘failed’
  11. 11. CONCLUSION • There is great importance to involve both women and youth as the primary stakeholders in the agriculture sector.
  12. 12. ALUTA CONTINUA

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