Feminizing political spaces – Strengthening the engagement of chama women as pressure groups for demanding accountability on public service delivery at the county levels.
The completed project by Badili Africa aimed to strengthen the engagement of 180 chama women chair ladies as pressure groups for demanding accountability on public service delivery at county and national government levels. The project was implemented in Kayole, Embakasi Central constituency, Nairobi County. The duration of the project was one year, from January 2021 – December 2021. the Chama women were able to push for engaging Chama better public service delivery on: Access to water in Kayole Central and Kayole South ward, Improved access to government kitties like Uwezo fund and Women Enterprise Fund, Improved access to better sanitation after pushing for the closure of illegal bars that had been opened inside residential plots and schools that were exposing especially young girls and boys to sexual harassment and substance abuse and Improved security after pushing for the installation of street lights in an area where people would often get robbed or sexually assaulted.
The project also led to an increase in the level of confidence to take leadership roles which was manifested by the chama women who are running for elective office within political parties and the upcoming 2022 general elections. The coming together of chama women leaders representing different grassroots women groups has led to building networks of grassroots women committed to collectively demanding accountability on local public service delivery and inclusion in decision-making processes. Equally, intergenerational dialogues between the senior and young women in the urban informal settlements.
Overall, the project was able to meet its main object of right holders demanding accountability on public service delivery at County and National government levels and the project goal of contributing to respect for and fulfillment of human rights, deepening democracy, and realization of gender equality in Kenya.
The project reached 530 participants directly (490 women and 40 men) and about 5000 indirectly (4500 grassroots women and 500 men) through the different groups the chama women belong in.