Wamulu recognise that empowering women in Kenya is crucial to development. Gender equality is Goal 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Agenda.
One of Wamulu’s key aims is to work to improving land-ownership in Kenya for women. This is a crucial step in the fight for gender equality. Traditional practises governing inheritance, acquisition of land and benefit accruing to land continuously favour men. Over 80% of women in Kenya are engaged in small-holder farming, but only 1% own land in their own right, access less than 10% of their available credit, and less than 1% of agricultural credit.
Women in Kenya have limited ability to access the justice system due to legal costs, illiteracy, and ignorance of rights.
Wamulu believes that achieving gender equality is a precondition for advancing development and reducing poverty. Female poverty in Kenya is exacerbated by gender-based violence. And harmful practises such as polygamy, early marriage and female genital cutting. Women are also disproportionally affected by HIV/Aids with 6.9% of women aged 15 to 64 affected by the virus.
Empowered, healthy women contribute to the health, wellbeing, and productivity of whole families and communities, and they improve prospects for future generations. Wamulu is committed to ensuring that the future in Kenya is one where all people can prosper.