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Women's Emancipation and Civil Society OrganisationsChallenging or Maintaining the Status Quo?$
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Christina Schwabenland, Chris Lange, Jenny Onyx, and Sachiko Nakagawa

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324775

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324775.001.0001

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Examining and contextualising Kenya’s Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation (MYWO) through an African feminist lens

Examining and contextualising Kenya’s Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation (MYWO) through an African feminist lens

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(p.321) Fifteen Examining and contextualising Kenya’s Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation (MYWO) through an African feminist lens
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Women's Emancipation and Civil Society Organisations
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Anne Namatsi Lutomia

Brenda Nyandiko Sanya

Dorothy Owino Rombo

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447324775.003.0015

In this chapter, the authors apply African feminist lenses to evaluate the activities of the Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation to determine its role in the emancipation of Kenyan women. Maendeleo has gone through difficult periods based on social, cultural, and identity politics within the organisation as well as in response to the shifting national political landscape. However, despite these challenges and contradictions, Maendeleo has been a conduit for elite women to attain political leadership positions, has provided economic assistance to women in some regions, developed a programme for eradicating female genital cutting while sustaining the rite of passage in the eastern province, participated in international conferences and played social and political roles in changing the status of Kenyan women’s rights. Still, the extent to which Maendeleo has achieved emancipation for women is negligible.

Keywords:   Maendeleo ya Wanawake, Kenya, African feminist, women, emancipation, women’s rights

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