Jumuiya Women Fund (JWF) is a new women’s rights fund and the first of its kind in Kenya, committed to women’s empowerment and self-reliant development. Our groundbreaking work in local philanthropy empowers local women’s organizations and engage the wider community.
JWF is a feminist organization and believes in the unconditional recognition of human rights for women and in leadership based on feminist values and principles.
We are motivated by the belief that all human beings must fully enjoy the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the African Union Protocol on Gender and Development, among other gender equality instruments. These human rights instruments affirm that ‘women’s rights are human rights’ and recognize the inherent rights of every person whether male or female. In this respect, JWF stands for Women’s Human Rights.
JWF is a member of International Network of Women’s Funds (INWF) and the Women’s Funding Network (WFN)
We believe everyone, women included, deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities.
We value and promote transparency, accountability and efficiency in our dealings with others.
We promote the rights of every human being irrespective of their social standing.
We value working with all stakeholders to the achievement of common targets or goals.
We promote learning, reflection and innovations and strive to evolve, promote and share best practices with others.
JWF will be managed by three organs, namely; Board of Trustees, Board of Advisors and Secretariat.
Where We Work
JWF has a national mandate. Hence it makes conscious effort to reach all areas of the country in scaling up development efforts, especially for indigenous and underserved women.
JWF’s Governance Structure
JWF has a strong governance structure that ensures accountability and transparency of all
JWF is governed by a Board of Trustees which ensures the work done by the organization remains true to the vision of JWF. The Trustees hold and manage the organization’s asset. The Trustees appoint JWF Directors from among people of integrity, from diverse professional backgrounds, who subscribe to the vision of the fund and volunteer their time and expertise in providing oversight in implementation of JWF programmes. The names of Trustees are:
- Rose Cheptoo- Educationist
- Dr Pamela Chebii-Business & Enterprise Specialist
- Esther Jepkemoi Kiplagat- Philanthropist
- Winny Jerop Kiptoo- Educationalist
- Phyllis Jerop Kosgei- Education Management Specialist
- Milka Cherotich- Financial & Development Specialist
JWF Board of Advisors
JWF Directors provides oversight in implementation of JWF programmes through committees established and which have regular consultation along the major arms of JWF’s work. The Chief Executive Officer, a non-voting member both the Board of Trustees and Directors, oversees the day-to-day running of the secretariat.
The work of the secretariat include:
- Disseminating information on the work of
- Facilitating the development of different campaigns involving JWF
- Maintaining the links and building bridges between JWF and donor agencies
- Taking lead in fund-raising for JWF projects and programs
HOW IS JWF FUNDED?
JWF’s overall aspiration is to be a resource that supports women-led grass-root organizations in perpetuity. To achieve this, JWF seeks strategic partnerships with like-minded partners who include private foundations, private sector companies, and individuals among others to support its community work.
JWF is also growing an endowment fund which is invested competitively by fund managers and expected yield returns which will enable JWF to continue making grants to credible institutions working with communities. JWF is also exploring other forms of investment for its financial sustainability in the longer term.
HOW CAN YOU PARTNER WITH JWF?
You can support JWF’s work through the following ways:
- Individuals – make monthly or annual contributions in support of JWF’s work.
- Payroll Giving – an employee or employees can choose to support JWF by making a regular donation directly from their monthly salary. The respective corporate organisations can also come on board by matching their employee’s contributions.
- Non-Profit organizations – Non-Profit organizations can partner with JWF to grow their funds and support their self-driven development work by investing alongside JWF’s Endowment Fund.
- Private Sector – corporates can partner with JWF through their Corporate Social Responsibility program.
- Legacy Fund – These are funds set up by individuals, organizations or families who want to leave an indelible mark of themselves or in honor of heroes in their lives. Such funds are dedicated to a cause(s) that the initiator(s) are passionate about.