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Women speak out on gender mainstreaming : the findings of a gender opinion poll for SARDEP Keiyo and Marakwet


Document type: report
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Abstract: SARDEP K&M carried out an opinion poll, primarily among women, to find out what their needs were and what the programme could do to meet these needs. Two consultants were recruited to carry out the exercise. The findings of the gender poll were to reflect: (1) the actual situation on gender balance and women’s empowerment; (2) SARDEP K&M’s contribution to this situation; (3) recommendations about SARDEP K&M’s strategy to address gender’s needs; and (4) a number of illustrative case studies. It can be concluded that SARDEP K&M has succeeded in addressing a number of practical gender needs, including water availability, increased opportunities for women to earn an income, the change in power relations at household level resulting from women’s income generating activities, women participation in public institutions. These achievements can be considered to be important first steps toward women’s empowerment and gender equality. The Opinion Poll also revealed that there is still scope for improvement, mostly in the field of strategic needs as women participation in public decision-making is far from equal to men’s, and women awareness creation is needed with regard to their rights. Women’s organisation building was further identified as an area requiring attention. SARDEP Keiyo&Marakwet (SARDEP K&M) is one of three district subprogrammes implemented by SNV-Netherlands Development Organization-Kenya under its Semi-Arid Rural Development Programme, SARDEP.
Corporate author(s): Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) Kenya , Semi Arid Rural Development Programme, SARDEP (Keiyo & Marakwet)
Country: Kenya
Category: Practice
Keywords: women , empowerment , gender , water
Language: eng
Organization: SNV - Netherlands Development Organisation
PAGE: 28
Place: Nairobi [etc.]
Publisher: Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) Kenya [etc.]
Year: 2002
Region: Africa South of Sahara , East Africa
Right: © 2002 SNV
Subject: Culture, Society and Religion
Title: Women speak out on gender mainstreaming : the findings of a gender opinion poll for SARDEP Keiyo and Marakwet