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An indigenous movement helps women and people living with disabilities advocate for their rights in public platforms.

TitleWomen voices for water in Nanyuki, Kenya
Publication TypeVideo
Year of Publication2019
Paginationvideo (8 min : 29 sec)
Date Published08/2019
PublisherSimavi and IRC / Watershed empowering citizens
Place PublishedAmsterdam, the Netherlands
Publication LanguageEnglish

This video shows how the Watershed programme in Kenya promotes social inclusion and citizens involvement in water resources management. It features the disabled Valentine Mombafi Keraita, chairlady of Lakipia Women with Disability Amplified Voices, who has been able to bring the water issues of women and people living with disabilities to the table at WASH meetings in Nanyuki. Watershed also helps women in rural, pastoralist communities get a place in decision making processes that can improve water access or services. Local project coordinator Elizabeth Nassy Silakan of IMPACT, the Indigenous Movement for Peace Advancement and Conflict Transformation, proudly recalls how the women of Karionga Village convinced the local authorities restore the flow of the Nanyuki river. The actions of Valentine and Elizabeth show that the inclusion of women and people living with disabilities is only possible if platforms for public participation exist, and are known, accessible, and used by everyone.




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