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Who We Work With: Partners and Rationale

KEFEADO works in collaboration with the Women Action Forum for Networking, Kenya Alliance for the Advancement of Children's Rights, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Prevention Network (a regional network with her secretariat in Kampala, Uganda), Gender Thematic Groups and National Stakeholders Network for Human Rights Educators. The networking enhances the quality of social change interventions and facilitates exchange of methodologies. Because of her track record, KEFEADO has emerged as a lead NGO in the region and in these networks. -

Why you should work with us

We believe in a violence-free society where there is respect for human rights for all regardless of their gender
Kenya Female Advisory Organization

KEFEADO was founded in 1994 and registered under certificate number OP218/051/94147/378) on September 15, 1994 under the Non Governmental Organisations Coordination Act of 1990. In her 24 years of existence.

KEFEADO has built a wealth of experience in implementing gender and rights based approaches to community development. KEFEADO works to eradicate gender disparities in education and health, promote the development of the girl-child as an integral part of sustainable development and eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

KEFEADO’s approach emphasizes analysis of cultural and traditional practices as an anchor to developing relevant interventions. The key strategy is to target the community as a whole by engaging both girls/women and boys/men through linkages with schools and communities, organising community level dialogues on harmful cultural and traditional practices and enhancing community awareness of human rights.

 

KEFEADO has carried out interventions in western Kenya region working in partnership with learning institutions, community based organizations (CBOs) and government agencies while networking locally, regionally and internationally. It has worked extensively with rural communities on FGM and in exploring alternative rites of passage/ transition to adulthood for girls. Community theatre groups have been formed to advocate for abolition of FGM and other forms of violence against women (VAW), and promote girls’ education. School clubs have also been set up as platforms to share information and debate human rights issues. In summary, KEFEADO:

 

  1. Is a non-partisan, focused and strategic NGO addressing issues of human rights and gender in specific communities for improved development;
  2. Is an inclusive and comprehensive capacity building organization that works to change the negative attitude of community members by addressing issues which affect them, through advocacy and empowerment;
  3. Strives to ensure that gender issues are addressed effectively and included in development planning and policy making from the very lowest levels;
  4. Asserts that women and girls deserve equal treatment and equal rights to boys and men in all spheres of life;
  5. Is committed to creating women’s rights awareness and promotion of gender equality through training, counseling and advisory services to all;
  6. Is particularly concerned about education as a basic right for all, and especially for the girl child;
  7. Prioritizes human and political rights education as an area whose sound development will stimulate women’s political understanding and participation in good governance at all levels; and
  8. Encourages girls and women to challenge discriminatory and retrogressive beliefs and practices inimical to their development.

KEFEADO’s programme work and institutional orientation is guided by the following Core Values

  1. Respect for human dignity: KEFEADO accepts and appreciates human beings as they are without any prejudice and anchors its work on human rights based approaches. This respect is reflected in organisational literature, language, design of programmes, engagement with stakeholders and non-judgmental approach to sensitive socio-cultural issues.
  2. Equality: KEFEADO believes that all human beings are entitled to the full enjoyment of their human rights. Thus it focuses on human rights issues, provides space for diversity and uses empowering strategies.
  3. Equity: Fair distribution of resources and opportunities is central to KEFEADO’s work. This is manifested in non-discriminatory but evidence-based decisions on programmes, use of affirmative action, capacity building and advocacy with duty bearers for actions beneficial to the vulnerable.
  4. Inclusivity: KEFEADO works with and for all who share in its vision and values regardless of gender, age, faith, ethnic origin, political opinion, health status, physical (dis)ability, social standing or other distinction. This is manifested in KEFEADO’s diverse human resources, governance structure, programmes and stakeholders.
  5. Teamwork: KEFEADO works through consultation, respect and in coordinated mechanisms evident in regular and open staff meetings, participatory processes, community based approaches, clear division of labour, flexible application of skills and celebration of achievements.
  6. Openness: KEFEADO believes in objective discussion of issues and practises this through democratic consultation, sharing of information, provision of assistance to stakeholders, non-hierarchical management and courage to accept and give constructive feedback.
  7. Transparency: KEFEADO makes information at its disposal accessible in user-friendly formats to as wide a range of users as possible. It produces and disseminates regular comprehensive reports using a variety of channels. Institutional processes such as recruitment and procurement are carried out professionally and using standard procedures. Funding partners are given unfettered access to programme communities.
  8. Accountability: KEFEADO promotes and practises rational use of resources, conscientious performance of duty by staff and resource persons, and comprehensive reporting to its funders and programme communities.
  9. Integrity: KEFEADO promotes and practises truthfulness, candidness and honesty in all its interactions. It accepts its strengths and limitations and demonstrates what it stands for through example.
  10. Credibility: Trust and confidence in KEFEADO’s ability to deliver what it promises is demonstrated in its recognition nationally and internationally through individuals, networks and organizations that it has nurtured and its reputation for being value-driven and ethical.

KEFEADO’s Guiding Principles

  1. KEFEADO is non-partisan and shall approach all her development programmes from a neutral point of view.
  2. Adherence to human rights forms the core of KEFEADO’s operations, while also taking cognizance of gender sensitivity as an operational rule.
  3. The long term objective of KEFEADO is to create an enabling environment for women and girls to effectively participate in development processes and decision making positions at all levels.
  4. KEFEADO strives to ensure that all her activities are gender responsive and that human rights violations are addressed by all her development partners and that her members, including the BOD, are active change agents in the society.
  5. All those who wish to work with KEFEADO are taken through a process to enable them make a conscious decision on working with a gender responsive organization.
  6. All KEFEADO associates are those ready to learn and appreciate the gender sensitive policies and practices at the organization.
  7. Those associating with KEFEADO will at their own levels undertake to continuously monitor and address gender insensitive or gender blind practices.
  8. Those who are partisan and who support practices inimical to the development of women and girls will not be part of KEFEADO’s membership at any level but will be targeted for more comprehensive approaches to development, and attitudinal and behavioural changes.
  9. Equal opportunity to education for the girl child is a strategic need which is a priority development concern for KEFEADO and her partners.
  10. For affirmative purposes, the positions of the Executive Director, Chair of the Board, Treasurer and Finance and Administration Officer in KEFEADO will be reserved for women.
  11. All officials and Board members of KEFEADO are expected to be gender responsive in language and practice and shall strive to be role models in their personal behaviour and action.

KEFEADO will remain a non-profit making organization whose proceeds from any income generating activity will be ploughed back into programmes

KEFEADO’S Core Values

KEFEADO’s programme work and institutional orientation is guided by the following core values.

 

  • Respect for human dignity: KEFEADO accepts and appreciates human beings as they are without any prejudice and anchors its work on human rights based approaches. This respect is reflected in organisational literature, language, design of programmes, engagement with stakeholders and non-judgmental approach to sensitive socio-cultural issues.

 

  • Equality: KEFEADO believes that all human beings are entitled to the full enjoyment of their human rights. Thus it focuses on human rights issues, provides space for diversity and uses empowering strategies.

 

  • Equity: Fair distribution of resources and opportunities is central to KEFEADO’s work. This is manifested in non-discriminatory but evidence-based decisions on programmes, use of affirmative action, capacity building and advocacy with duty bearers for actions beneficial to the vulnerable.

 

  • Inclusivity: KEFEADO works with and for all who share in its vision and values regardless of gender, age, faith, ethnic origin, political opinion, health status, physical (dis)ability, social standing or other distinction. This is manifested in KEFEADO’s diverse human resources, governance structure, programmes and stakeholders.

 

  • Teamwork: KEFEADO works through consultation, respect and in coordinated mechanisms evident in regular and open staff meetings, participatory processes, community based approaches, clear division of labour, flexible application of skills and celebration of achievements.

 

  • Openness: KEFEADO believes in objective discussion of issues and practises this through democratic consultation, sharing of information, provision of assistance to stakeholders, non-hierarchical management and courage to accept and give constructive feedback.

 

  • Transparency: KEFEADO makes information at its disposal accessible in user-friendly formats to as wide a range of users as possible. It produces and disseminates regular comprehensive reports using a variety of channels. Institutional processes such as recruitment and procurement are carried out professionally and using standard procedures. Funding partners are given unfettered access to programme communities.

 

  • Accountability: KEFEADO promotes and practises rational use of resources, conscientious performance of duty by staff and resource persons, and comprehensive reporting to its funders and programme communities.

 

  • Integrity: KEFEADO promotes and practises truthfulness, candidness and honesty in all its interactions. It accepts its strengths and limitations and demonstrates what it stands for through example.

 

  • Credibility: Trust and confidence in KEFEADO’s ability to deliver what it promises is demonstrated in its recognition nationally and internationally through individuals, networks and organizations that it has nurtured and its reputation for being value-driven and ethical.

 

What We Do: Programmes/Activities

KEFEADO carries out a variety of activities under three programmes and institutional development as summarized below.

 

Community Empowerment Programme

This programme consists of five projects namely:

  1. Rite of Being (ROB) Project in Mt Elgon District, which focuses on FGM.
  2. Gender Forum Project which convenes monthly presentations and discussions on topical national issues on gender equality and human rights.
  3. We Can Alliance Campaign Project which focuses on mobilization of change makers to campaign against VAW.
  4. Community Paralegal Unit in Bondo which provides paralegal guidance and counselling, arbitration and referral services.

 

 Schools and Community Linkage Programme

This programme consists of the following three projects.

  1. Internship Project, a collaboration between KEFEADO and ROC Amsterdam colleges, creates opportunities for interns to build capacities in targeted schools and gain practical experience and exposure to realties in developing countries.
  2. The Gender Development Project targets boys and girls for increased awareness on HIV/AIDS and to check the spread of the disease through gender equality interventions.
  3. The Sexual Identity and Human Rights (SIHR) Project which seeks to promote objective and non-judgmental handling of same sex relations in schools.

 

Collaboration and Networking Programme

Under this programme are collaborative ventures with other organizations. These include:

  1. Gender-based Violence Prevention Network.
  2. Western Kenya Human Rights House Network.
  3. Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Education.
  4. Capacity Building partnerships with like minded CSOs.

 

Institutional Development

This component deals with the organizational aspects of KEFEADO such as administration, finance and human resources.

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