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Uraia Trust is currently implementing a five-year Women’s Voice and Leadership (WVL) programme (February 2019 to 31st March 2024) supported by the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) through CARE Canada and Care – Kenya. The project contributes to gender equality and increased enjoyment of human rights by women and girls in Kenya by improving the governance, management, programming, and sustainability of local Women’s Rights Organizations (WROs). This support enhances their ability to deliver quality services and increases the effectiveness of their platforms to effect policy, legal and social change. 

The WVL programme objectives are: 

  • To improve management, programming, and sustainability of local Women’s Rights Organizations (WROs) in Kenya, particularly those representing vulnerable and marginalized women and girls.
  • To enhance the delivery of quality services and advocacy by WROs to advance gender equality in Kenya progressively.
  • To increase the effectiveness of national and sub-national women’s rights platforms, networks, and alliances to effect gender-sensitive policy change and policy implementation in Kenya.

Uraia Trust is one of four partners implementing the programme. The others are the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW), Community Advocacy and Awareness Trust (CRAWN Trust), and Urgent Action Fund (UAF).  

County Reach

Implementing Partners


Global Affairs Canada (GAC) through CARE Canada and Care - Kenya

5 years

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Key Achievements:

  1. Successful recruitment and issuance of multi-year grants to 25 Women’s Rights Organizations selected to receive institutional capacity strengthening and technical support. 
  2. Progressive institutional capacity strengthening of thirteen (13) Women Rights Organizations from Cohort 1 towards advancing Gender Equality through the procurement of technical systems,  office equipment, and visibility materials. 
  3. Provision of technical support to thirteen (13) WROs from Cohort 1 to review and develop organizational policy documents such as strategic road maps, monitoring, and evaluation systems;  gender, leadership, governance, finance, procurement, and human resources policies.

Progress Photos

Canadian High Commission Team during a Monitoring and Evaluation Visit to Siaya Muungano Network on 23rd and 24th September 2021.
Photo credit: Matilda Onyango - Siaya Muungano Network

Participants group photo during the Pre-Award Workshop for cohort 2 WROs at Kasarani Sports View Hotel Kasarani held from 9th-12th November 2021 (©Uraia Trust).

Democracy Trust Fund (DTF) Women Aspirants during a workshop organised by Echo Network Africa.

Ongoing activities during the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, including handing over of Siaya County GBV Policy at Malaika Justice Centre in Sega- Siaya Muungano Network supported and participated in the event.

Participant's group photo for WROs, Uraia Staff, and Care Kenya Staff during the pre-award workshop held on 9th-12th November 2021 at Sports View Hotel Kasarani. (Uraia 2021).

Launching of the 16 Days of Activism and the unveiling of Sexual Gender-Based Violence Policy in Kakamega County (25/11/2021) at Golf Hotel organized by County Government of Kakamega, Women Pillar Alliance, and other CSOs Network Members.

Kakamega County Minister for Sports, Women Empowerment & Culture awarding the best team during a two-day Mentorship Tournament organized by Women Pillar Alliance (WOPA) as one of the awareness strategies against SGBV during the 16 Days of Activism.

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

List of Implementing Partners







Kirinyaga Women Empowerment Programs (KWEPS)

County-based: Kirinyaga

Women and girls

girls with cerebral palsy


Sauti ya Wanawake Kishushe Chapter (SYWK)

County-based: Taita Taveta

Women and girls


Kenya National Deaf Women Peace Network (KNDWP)

County-based: Nairobi

Deaf women and girls


Siaya Muungano Network

County-based: Siaya

Women and other marginalized groups


Pokot Women Empowerment Organization (POWEO)

County-based: West Pokot

Women and Youth


Women Pillar Alliance (WOPA)

County-based: Kakamega

Women, Orphans’, and vulnerable children


Women for Peace and Development

County-based: Mandera

Women, girls, local structures such as the elders, the religious leaders, the women, and youth groups.


Raia Development Initiative

County-based: Wajir

Women local leaders, Council of elders, religious leaders, influential community elders, youths, and women groups based at ward levels


Participatory Research and Innovation Program (PRIP)

Regional: Siaya, Kisumu, Busia, Homabay, Migori

Women, Girls, Widows, Disabled women, and women in leadership


Rural & Urban Community Initiative Support Organization (RUCISO Kenya)

Regional: Nairobi and Embu

Women and girls


Rural Education and Economic Enhancement Programme (REEP)

Regional: Busia and Kakamega

Women and Girls


Women Educational Researchers of Kenya


Women and girls Vulnerable, marginalized out of schoolgirls and boys, Local leaders Education leaders Children in emergencies Strengthening Management and Programming Capacities of Women Rights Organizations (WROs) In Kenya


Echo Network Africa



Women with disabilities, women from marginalized and minority communities, and young women.



Kafawe Women Group


 Rural Women and Girls


Agile Plan to Integrated Resilience for Girls, Women, and Youth – APIR Turkana


Marginalised Women and Girls, Refugees


Endorois Indigenous Women Empowerment Network (EIWEN)


Endorois Indigenous Women Empowerment Network. The strategic focus is to work for the rights of Endorois Indigenous women, persons with disabilities, and girls.


Justice, Advocacy and Empowerment Centre


Minority Women groups (Widows) and OVCs, women in prison, and formerly imprisoned women.


Mama Ni Mama Women Group


Special interest groups (Persons with Disabilities, elderly women, and young mothers)


Rural Integrated Community Development Organisation


Marginalised groups, vulnerable, disabled, women and youths.


African Israel Nineveh Church Women Group


Marginalised Women and Girls, Women from Independent churches


Centre for Domestic Training and Development (CDTD)


Domestic Workers, Migrant Women, Refugees & Asylum Seekers, Persons living with disabilities and internally displaced persons (IDPs).


Faza Youth Action Group


Women and girls in the insecurity hot spot areas in Lamu east.


Mobilization Agency for Paralegal Communities in Africa (MAPACA) Trust


MAPACA has previously worked with women, girls’ persons with disability, commercial sex workers, teenage mothers, women groups through households


Forum For African Women Educationalists Kenya Chapter.

Nairobi, Turkana, Siaya, Kajiado, Narok, Kakamega, Homabay, Kisumu, Busia

Women and girls in Education from marginalized areas.


Muslims Women Advancement of Rights and Protection (MWARP)

Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Tana River, Lamu and Garissa

Women and girls from marginalized communities including People living with Disability, PLHIV/AIDS.

Success Stories

A voice for the marginalised women – Wajir county (by Raia Development Initiative (RDI)

Ubah Abdikarim, a former nominated member of County Assembly of Wajir county has decided to use her story to challenge the community discrimination in political leadership. She uses all the forums available to share her first-hand experience of suffering as a nominated MCA. During the stakeholder engagement forum organised by RDI through the WVL program which brought on board male community leaders, Ubah openly quoted that ‘politics in this county is 100% male dominated and women leaders are frustrated with demeaning campaigns, threats, discriminations and other acts of violence such as cyber-bullying, electronic type attacks on their morality, and intellectual capacity. At the family level, female leaders & candidates experience various forms of violence, including disinheritance and divorce for choosing to compete against men in an election, Personally I was divorced because of my commitment to my work and challenging the patriarchy & negotiated democracy, endorsements, deviation from traditional the normalized gender roles for Somali women’. Ubah supports women leadership and out of the forum the leaders signed a pledge to support women participation in leadership positions.

Building a financial kitty for women to increase their preparations and participation in elections by Echo Network Africa.

Echo Network Africa is a women-led and women serving institution set up over thirty-seven years ago to advocate for the full inclusion of women in all spheres of the life of society. In 2018, ENA re-casted her focus and rebranded from being an implementing agency to a catalyst that empowers, positions, and advocates for women (including women with disabilities, women from marginalized and minority communities and young women) towards the attainment of their full potential. One of the key areas of focus for the re-branded institution is the Positioning and Democracy Program which seeks to bridge the gender gap in women’s leadership by identifying, preparing, and positioning women to participate in democratic processes. In line with the strategic approach of being a catalyst, ENA founded the Democracy Trust Fund (DTF) as a vehicle for implementing programs under the Democracy and Positioning Program. 


Through support from URAIA, the institutional establishment of DTF continues to take shape as evidenced by the development and adoption of the DTF Strategic Plan covering the period 2021 to 2026 and the Finance Manuals (Finance Policy Manual, Savings Policy and Funds Management Manual, Savings Fund Registration Form) marking great milestones for DTF. 

During this reporting period, ENA has successfully streamlined a mechanism through which members’ savings are invested to generate interest and thereafter disbursed to the members on or before the campaign period. This has been made possible through a clearly outlined Fund Management Policy Manual that will greatly aid the actualization of the Participatory fund concept. Three DTF members have already started saving for their political campaigns; Ksh. 450,000, Ksh. 51,000 and Ksh. 80,000 respectively, totalling to Ksh. 581,000 a clear indication of the willingness of women aspirants to adequately save for their political campaigns.


Currently, at least 100 (one hundred women aspirants), have shown interest in running for political office in the 2022 General Elections. The recruitment of a Membership/Finance and Administration Officer has greatly contributed to these heightened activities and interest in DTF. Separately, ENA has been able to raise Ksh. 500,000.00 (Five Hundred and Thousand Shillings) from the new registered members. This has again demonstrated that women are willing to contribute to their campaigns and that a participatory approach to the women leadership program is indeed possible. Participation is at the core of the DTF approach. ENA intends to pursue this approach more aggressively in the third quarter of the project as part of the institutional sustainability mechanisms and for resource mobilization. Besides, the Membership fee goes a long way in enhancing ownership and sustainability of both the candidature and the institution of DTF.


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  1. Benidatte Nzioki

    It’s good work you are doing.
    I would like to work with you.

  2. Vincent Chambi

    I love this programme that helps in civic empowerment of women

  3. Esther

    knowledge is power . I love what you’ve been doing by providing Kenyans with quality, Gender responsive education about their constitutional rights and responsibilities. keep it up.


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