Our Gender empowerment programmes work towards enhancing women’s equal and meaningful participation in all areas of development. The programme consists of the following components.
AYT supports young women to actively engage in governance processes and empowers them to pursue leadership positions both in the private sector and the public sector. Through our various initiatives we have built the capacity of young women to vie for political office in Kenya and have sought to create a space where young women can seek counsel of seasoned women politicians.
AYT has been involved in women’s rights advocacy within the Eastern Africa region since 2008. We have carried out trainings on the Equal Status and Human Rights of Women in East Africa which have benefitted human rights and gender practitioners in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
We also work with women in the Mukuru informal Settlement in Kenya to advocate for protection of women’s rights. We have established a Mukuru Women Action Group which has been actively involved in advocacy to improve the safety and security of women in public spaces as well to address the rising cases of sexual and gender based violence in the settlement.
Africa Youth Trust also continues to advocate for effective implementation of affirmative action provisions in the Constitution of Kenya that seek increase to increase women’s representation in parliament.
AYT has been involved in strengthening the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 which calls for women’s equal participation with men and their full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security. We coordinate a regional network of actors within the East African Community that continue to advocate for full and effective implementation of the resolution.
AYT carries out targeted initiatives to reduce the prevalence of sexual and gender based violence in Kenya. We have established school clubs across primary schools in the Mukuru informal settlement to address the rising cases of School Related Gender Based Violence(SRGBV). We also set up the Mukuru GBV working Group which we continue to participate in and coordinate in partnership with other stakeholders involve in GBV response and referral within Mukuru.
Our Gender Empowerment Programme receives support from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, UN Women, Action Aid International and UK Aid.
AYT to represent interests of the youth in the HLM2 meeting of the Global partnership towards Inclusive and Accelerated Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
AYT through its SheCAN school clubs held an inter-schools debate in Mukuru. The students debated on a wide range of themes related to the Safety and Security of women and girls in public spaces as well as School related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV)