JWF believes that empowering women transforms lives, communities and entire societies. In this respect, JWF works to speed this transformation through education, improved livelihoods, gender equality and the equal protection of rights realized through the following strategies.
- Gender Equality
Societies do better when women, men, boys and girls have equal access to educational, societal and economic opportunities. JWF works to empower women and girls to access education, improve their livelihoods and become leaders. Through training and public awareness, JWF helps families, communities and institutions protect the rights of everyone and eliminate barriers to gender equality. JWF strives to incorporate gender-based programming in all of our projects.
- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states and others working to support international development will use to frame their priorities over the next 15 years.
JWF is working on implementing Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Under this programme, JWF is focusing on three main areas in our work around the SDGs:
- Working to ensure strong global and national indicators are agreed.
- Supporting women’s rights organizations in Kenya to push for national-level implementation.
- Ensuring strong global accountability mechanisms – crucial to make sure Governments deliver on the promises they have made.
However the aspiration behind the new goals will mean little if substantial financial resources are not made available to implement the new agenda. It is vital that sufficient funding is secured and invested in women’s rights organizations as essential long-term partners in delivering these targets.
Accordingly, JWF is leading a call for an SDG 5 Fund – a financing tool focused on supporting women’s rights organizations to lead the transformational change required to implement the SDGs’ commitment to women’s rights and gender equality.
- Gender Based Violence
JWF recognizes that girls and women are most affected by GBV and therefore they are the core focus and priority in our work. We believe that primary prevention of violence against girls and women is critical. We hold a feminist analysis of GBV, meaning that we recognize that violence against women happens because of the imbalance of power in relationships and we are committed to programming that addresses this power inequity.
Consequently, JWF has formed a national GBV network with the following objectives
- Raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at national level
- Strengthening local work around violence against women
- Providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies
- Creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women
- To provide in general for the mutual protection, benefit, and welfare of this association.
- Access to Education
Good schools are the starting point for economic growth, a healthy civil society and meaningful lives. JWF’s approach reduces the barriers children face as they try to enroll in school, attend class and complete their education. We also work with communities to ensure that classrooms are safe and that teachers have the training, experience and resources they need to provide a quality education. In addition, we are working on establishing an girls secondary school to be named Jumuiya Girls Centre
- Child Rights Programming (CRP)
Child Rights Programming is an approach used by JWF to ensure that activities are based on and constantly pushes the agenda for children’s rights. It means using the principles of children’s rights to plan, implement and monitor programmes with the overall goal of improving the position of children so that all children – no matter who they are – can fully enjoy their rights and live in societies that acknowledge and respect children’s rights.
We believe in the power and potential of every child and we support the most vulnerable children and their communities to be free from poverty.
We tackle the root causes of issues facing girls, such as child marriage, teenage pregnancy, violence, exclusion and poverty.
Our key areas of work include:
- Keeping children safe from all forms of violence
- Improving children’s access to quality education and early childhood development
- Ending child marriage and addressing violence against children
- Strengthening integrated case management for child and family welfare
- Improving the alternative JWF system for children
- Strengthening child justice administration for children in conflict with the law