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Who We Are

Women’s Empowerment Link (WEL) is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-partisan organization supports and equips women and the girl child to realize their potential, worth and strength politically, socially and economically, through advocating for opportunities that explore their imminent inner strength.

Regional Reach

Our head office is based in Nairobi, serving 6 communities drawn from Kibra, Dagoretti, Kangemi, Makadara, Kamukunji and Kasarani.

WEL has 2 field offices in Naivasha and Mombasa, with a reach in Baringo, Nakuru, Taita Taveta and Lamu respectively.

 

WEL’s Vision: A just and gender sensitive society where women and men have equal rights and opportunities.

WEL’s Mission: To empower women to realize, exercise their rights and freedoms, and access opportunities and privileges towards gender equality.

 

What We Do

WEL has identified five purposeful thematic areas of operation that benefit our key stakeholder, who are women and girls.

  1. Women Economic Empowerment
  2. Girl Child Education
  3. Reproductive Health
  4. Sexual & Gender Based Violence & HIV/AIDS
  5. Transformative Leadership & Governance                                                                                                                                         

News & Events

  1. Young Women Leadership Training: dates to be confirmed.
  2. Screening of the play "Roots of Shame; Seeds of Pain" in commemoration of International Women's Day (IWD) from 8th to 16 March 2014 at Phoenix Theater, professional Center, along parliament road in Nairobi. The play was developed by WEL in collaboration with Pheonix Players Limited. 
  3. Monthly coordination meetings by GBV Prevention and Response Working Groups in: Nairobi (Kangemi, Dagoretti, Kibra, Kamukunji, Makadara, Kasarani); Naivasha (Kongoni, Naivasha town and Maai Mahiu) and the Mombasa Response Team Members.
  4. 6th February 2014:  International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation.
  5. 10th December 2013: Embu County Forum commemorating 16 Days of Activism against gender Violence, facilitated by WEL with support from the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA). This led to the formation of a Technical SGBV & FMG/C Prevention and Response Working Group by key actors in the county.
  6. 10th December 2013: County Symposium discussing strategies of ending all forms of violence against women, facilitated by WEL with support from NCA. Members of County Assemblies from Kajiado, Nairobi, Embu and Nakuru counties were in attendance.
  7. 4th December 2013: National Symposium branded "Beyond the Glass Ceiling" commemorating the 16 days of activism against gender violence and awarding champions from the Police, Hospitals, Rescue shelters and safe spaces and members of community who were outstanding in responding to cases of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in Nairobi in 2013. Kabete Police Station emerged the best Police Station in responding to reported SGBV cases; MSF France was the best Hopsital offering medical services to survivors of violence and Kangemi Workinging Group was the best in responding to SGBV cases within their community.
  8. 2nd December 2013: Mwakirunge Women Community Education Forum on sexual and gender based violence.
  9. 30th to 31st November 2013: Mama Kenya Street Activism and Women’s Peace Football match in Naivasha to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.
  10. 29th November 2013: Mama Kenya Street Activism in Dagoretti constituency, Nairobi County, advocating for united efforts in ending sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).
  11. 29th November 2013: Jomvu Community Outreach in Mombasa County by WEL in partnership with likeminded Civil Society Organizations.
  1. 20th November 2013: National Action Plan (NAP) Consultative forum with government departments on the implementation of the Kenya Women's National Charter. Participants were drawn from: Ministry of Labour, Social Security, Coordination of National Government, Ministry of EA Community and Tourism, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, The Judiciary, Ministry Coordination of National Government, Ministry of Interior and Coordination, CIC, Civil Society Organizations, Amkeni Wakenya and Ford Foundation.
  2. 9th to 11th September 2013: International Conference on Women Steering Innovative Leadership in Africa, Lilongwe, Malawi. WEL's Director discussed the Kenyan experience in developing the Kenya Women's National Charter, as a strategic tool in advancing Women Human Rights. This was during a Dinner Reception held by WEL and UAF-Africa with support from Ford Foundation, at The Sunbird Hotel, Lilongwe, Malawi.
  3. July 2013: Training Women Members of County Assembly on advocacy using the Kenya Women’s National Charter (Machakos, Vihiga, Lamu)
  4. 8th July 2013: Training on Young Women in Leadership and Governance with support from CREA.
  5. 14th May 2013: Communiqué by Women Members of Parliament, Senate & Mwamko Mpya Uongozi Bora Initiative Partners laud government’s commitment to women’s issues. This follows a 2 day consultative forum Advancing The Women Rights Agenda; Bridging The Gender Equality Gaps through the Kenya Women’s National Charter, held at Safari Park Hote
  6. 13th May 2013: Senator Murkomen, on behalf of Government indicated commitment to: 
    • Ensure that women shall be beneficiaries of all development plans
    • Mainstream women issues throughout all ministries and government mechanisms
    • Promote and ensure participation, through devolution, of women and all special interest groups shall be guaranteed
    • Involve and build capacity of women to understand and participate in all processes around budgeting and in all decision around resources. This shall be guaranteed through an amendment to law which will ensure women’s input
    • To ensure that women are not just bystanders – women are leaders and should be part and parcel of the government’s mandate. 
  7. 26th Feb 2013: Launch of Mama Kenya Campaign for peaceful electoral processes and support of women leadership.

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