Human Rights, Research & Advocacy
The Samburu Women Trust believes in elevating the voices of indigenous women and girls. SWT uses the following tactics to provide a safe and welcoming environment for indigenous women and girls to exercise their human rights:
- Supports processes that contribute to documentation of Human rights violations among women and girls in indigenous communities.
- Enhances knowledge management and dissemination of information among project beneficiaries and its partners.
- Amplifies voices of women and girls among indigenous communities to influence women friendly policies and decision-making processes.
- Promotes Alternative Justice Systems (AJS), referral mechanisms and empower local structures at the community level to adopt Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms as methods of conflict resolution to strengthen access to justice among victims of human right violations.
- Supports girls’ victims of Harmful Traditional Practices (HTPs) access to education, skills building, change mindset, offer guidance and counseling, psycho-social support through mentorship and sponsorship.
Climate Change, Land & Natural Resources Governance
For quite some time indigenous communities have been subjected to devastating impacts of climate change, conflicts, droughts and threats for displacements from their ancestral lands by government agencies to pave way for development projects.
In enhancing security of tenure and protection of community lands, Samburu Women Trust deploys divergent strategies to safeguard community lands communal ownership through supporting community land registration processes and engaging key actors that include CSOs, Development partners and relevant government agencies. In ensuring security of tenure, SWT advocates for indigenous women effective participation, governance, inclusion in decision making processes, management, ownership and control of land and natural resources.
We promote indigenous peoples driven mechanisms to address climate change challenges and providing sustainable solutions. In ensuring building resilient communities towards climate change SWT adopts the following strategies; promotes traditional knowledge in mitigating and providing solutions to climate change, enhances innovative strategies to blend both traditional and modern methods to combat climate change- Establish community owned cooperatives, encourage insurance of livestock, strengthen water harvesting mechanisms, promote drylands restoration, enhance livestock product market linkages and encourage adaptation of traditional early warning mechanisms.
To overcome immense challenges experienced by women in indigenous communities, SWT advocates for women friendly approaches to mitigate the impacts of climate change that include; keeping drought resilient livestock, conduct drylands restoration, establish sand dams and improve on traditional water harvesting methods. This is geared towards safeguarding food security among the indigenous communities to combat the effects of climate change.
Due to persistent droughts, natural resource-based conflicts are rampantly experienced among indigenous communities. In addressing these challenges SWT engages the following methods to enhance conflict transformation and enhance peaceful coexistence among communities; organizing community peace dialogues, promote ADR mechanisms in peace building, strengthen existing local governance structures and work closely with other CSOs, opinion leaders, Faith based organizations and relevant government security departments.
Women Economic Empowerment
Indigenous women have been largely excluded in economic opportunities due to societal norms, existence of non-gender responsive policies, limited access to information and financial opportunities, limited access to market linkages, patriarchal cultures that undermines their roles in communities and poor infrastructure limiting access to essential services. SWT believes in empowering indigenous women to be able to address these challenges through working towards achieving an enabling environment for women to effectively contribute to their economic development and growth.
To build an empowered society, SWT deploys various strategies driven towards empowering indigenous women and girls. These strategies include but not limited to Skills building and value addition in beadwork, promoting small &Medium enterprises, strengthening Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA), encourage Kitchen gardens, table banking and basket weaving as alternative income generating activities.
To strengthen networking, synergy building and promoting linkages and learning among indigenous women SWT organizes trainings, exchange visits to enhance linkages for Knowledge management and learning, encourage Self-Help groups to form Umbrella groups or CBOs, and promote formation of women centered Cooperatives and Associations
SWT implements its programs with financial support from donor funding, foundations, well-wishers and membership contributions. Through this the organization strategically positions itself as a center for resource mobilization to support women led networks in Kenya and Africa region.
To strengthen indigenous women led organizations abilities to create social change SWT subgrants, builds capacities and offer technical support to these organizations. In ensuring a fair and a transparent process for grantees to access these resources, SWT adheres to its procedures on grant making through issuing a call for application and selects the eligible organizations for funding, awards them and offers technical support during implementation.
Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening
Samburu Women Trust enhances capacities of its’ project beneficiaries, secretariat, board of trustees to adequately implement and monitor its programs to achieve results. This is accomplished through regular refresher trainings, benchmarking for linkages, learning and skills building. The organization is governed by policies and framework that guide its operations.
To ensure sustainability, mobility and institutional existence, SWT prioritizes on mechanism that promotes its effective service delivery through obtaining assets such as land, motor vehicle and furniture’s that contribute to its effective growth.
To ensure continuity of SWT’s work, the organization prides itself on having in place strengthened structures for dissemination of information and facilities that aim at enhancing continuity of culture and its sustainability.