In line with the OSISA 2019-2023 strategy, the Women’s Rights programme is a cross-cutting programme that challenges and addresses women’s exclusion and discrimination in the economic, political, social and cultural spheres in the region. Working with women’s organisations, groups and women’s movements, we support effective women’s participation in the economic sectors of agriculture and natural resource extraction – these being the two key drivers of economic growth in our region. The goal is to make these sectors specifically work better for, and benefit women.

Our strategic goal is to; empower the least visible, the least heard and the least empowered women using an economic justice lens. We currently support groups and communities of women whose voices have not been fully heard and considered in policy discourses shaping their lives. Currently, these groups include rural women farmers, women informal traders, women domestic workers, women impacted by natural resource extraction and young women in rural and peri-urban areas.

Strategic Objectives

WOMEN’S RIGHTS

VOICE AND AGENCY
ADVOCACY
BUILDING THE FIELD
ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES
LEADERSHIP
MOBILISATION
VOICE AND AGENCY
Building voice and agency among women to challenge and remove the structural barriers that cause women’s discrimination and exclusion across all spheres of life.
ADVOCACY
Advocacy targeting duty bearers to push them to respond (through gender-responsive policies, institutions and mechanisms and practices) and address the impacts that these structural barriers have on the quality of women’s lives.
BUILDING THE FIELD
Building the field by ensuring strong, well-resourced and functioning women’s organisations, movements, networks and formations that consistently keep issues of women’s economic advancement and gender equality on development agendas at national, regional and global levels.
ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES
Supporting women’s economic activities, as well as increasing the economic opportunities for women, especially in the informal sector.
LEADERSHIP
Building strong and effective leadership in civic spaces, movements, organisations and formations as well as in public spaces maintaining women's rights and interests on national, regional and global spaces that shape policies influencing their life.
MOBILISATION
Mobilising and tapping into the agency of young women especially those using art and ‘artivism’ in their advocacy.

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Our Theory of Change

“If we mobilize women’s agency and voice to
articulate, demand and defend their rights;
AND we support their activism at national, regional and
other levels; AND support their businesses and
economic activities; THEN they will bear pressure
on governments and other duty bearers to
develop and enact policies and laws that
respond to women and girls’ needs. This will result
in shifts in policy, change in attitudes and shifts in
power bases giving effect to transformative and
sustainable change and better quality of life
for women and girls in the region.”

Grantees

FEMNET

CONTACTS

P. O. Box 54562, 00200, Nairobi, Kenya;
Behind KUSCCO Centre, Kilimanjaro
Avenue, Off Mara Road, Upper Hill;

Tel: +254 20 2712971/2
Fax: +254 20 2712974
Website: http://www.femnet.co

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Blog: femnet.wordpress.com
Twitter: @femnetprog
Skype: Femnet Secretariat
YouTube: FEMNET on YouTube

Programme Staff

CONNECT WITH US

Patricia Dimhairo

Programme Associate

Alice Kanengoni

Senior Women’s Rights Programme Manager

Email: alicek@osisa.org
Twitter: @adkanengoni
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