After the Kenya General elections in March 2013, Kenya will have the first government under the new constitution. Women need to be educated on the opportunities and benefits that come with the new system of governance. This will definitely change the daily activities of the maasai woman. Women will be encouraged to tap the opportunities available to better their lives. They will be encouraged to take part in governance of their resources.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
This project seeks to empower rural and low income women who do not have access to information on how to better their lives through participatory governance, how to increase their personal and household incomes as well as knowledge of their socio economic rights by sensitizing and advocating for their rights and connecting their groups and individuals to micro finance institutions to stop over reliance on their husbands and pastoralism.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
The stories of their daily activities, their plight, their needs, their way of life and the need to change with the current trends to enable them live self-sufficient lives.
The videos will project that the place of the maasai woman is not only in the kitchen or looking after cows but she can participate in other activities to better her life, her family and her community.
The story will be documented on digital photographs and videos.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
The project will work closely with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development to reach out to women and register their organizations and groups to enable them access to Micro finance and credit facilities.
Women will also be encouraged to work with other groups and learn from their experiences.
Neighbours Peace also works as a mentor and partner of many women groups in Narok County. This will help in reaching out the neediest women
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
Ten enlightened women will be trained to conduct the meetings in the women village assemblies and document the stories.
These women will be identified from the local women groups therefore they will be encouraged to mainstream citizen media in their daily activities even beyond this project funding.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Rising voices will also help in providing IEC materials to women on availability as well as technical support to the staff of Neighbours Peace on need and request.
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