GROOTS Kenya commences Training for grassroots women on Sustainable Development Goals

GROOTS Kenya- a national movement of grassroots women who are striving to participate in decisions that directly impact them and their communities has started a National Technical Training for grassroots women on the Sustainable Development Goals.
The training dubbed SDGs Mashinani is aimed at training women at grassroots level to become champions and take lead in localizing Sustainable Development Goals.
Addressing media in Nakuru on Friday during one of the workshops on the same that brought together women from Laikipia, Kakamega and Kiambu counties, Fridah Githuku from GROOTS Kenya noted that the SDGs were paramount and called on the government to ensure they goals are mainstreamed in the Medium Term Plan as well as the ongoing County Integrated Development plans.
“We ask the government to ensure that these goals are mainstreamed in the Medium Term Plan as well as the ongoing County Integrated Development plans and that is why we are building TOTs at grassroots level so that they can keep on reminding the government on the same” she said.
While noting that indeed the counties are still on the starting process as far as the whole issue is concerned, she lauded the Ministry of Devolution for the mechanisms put in place.
She was however quick to note that the government has to be put on toss to ensure that all is achieved in relation to domestication of SDGs.
“I am not sure there is a county that I would say it is better than the other but what I know is that the Ministry of devolution has done a lot and is committed to it but of course we have to put a lot of effort and keep reminding government that they must do it” said Githuku.
Sentiments echoed by women leaders who have undergone training courtesy of GROOTS Kenya as TOTs to help domesticate SDGs at the grassroots level.
Cecilia Mburugu from Laikipia County while commending GROOTS Kenya for empowering women on Sustainable Development Goals revealed that in Laikipia County they have commenced lobbying and advocating for the climate change policy.
She says if incorporated, then the issues of wildlife/human conflicts will be of the past since there will be plenty of food production and Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved.
“We are advocating having a policy on climate change to avoid conflicts in Laikipia especially Human wildlife conflicts. If there are no conflicts then we shall be able to have Sustainable development goals” she said.
In Kakamega county, the issue of women lacking land title deeds being a big challenge to women in the area,but through GROOTS Kenya women have been empowered in the region and as such majority are now having their own land title deeds and can go on with their farming activities and ensure food security.
Mary Shiminyi from Kakamega county and who has gone through several empowerment training courtesy of GROOTS Kenya says it was not an easy task for women to start having title deeds in the region.
She adds that some women were send out of the matrimonial land while others were widows who were denied justice.
“Getting title deeds for the women was not easy job in Kakamega County but we have tried so far this year alone we have 19 widows with title deeds” she said.
The women who are undergoing training will now be SDGs champions at the grassroots level where they will work closely in ensuring the various counties implement the same.
The 3 days training convened in Nakuru had an agenda to interrogate and refine the draft SDGs Monitoring Framework for grassroots women.
The refined community framework and tool shall be applied by grassroots communities to monitor and advocate for prioritized gender targets and indicators into the national planning process (MTP111-2018-2022) and county development process (CIDP -2018-2022) which are spaces that grassroots women are key and continue to influence in Kenya.
The TOTs shall spearhead SDGs clinics at village level in Kakamega, Kiambu, Laikipia and other counties following the adoption of the SDGs monitoring framework.
GROOTS Kenya is doing all these to shift the role of women in disadvantaged communities from vulnerable, victimized recipients of charity to empowered, effective leaders in community development work.
The organization is also facilitating grassroots women and their communities to effectively participate in development processes.
PHOTO:Women from Laikipia,Kakamega and Kiambu counties during a training in Nakuru on Sustainable Development Goals courtesy of GROOTS Kenya.

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