Programmes and Thematic Areas
AMKA's three-year plan consists of four interrelated programmes that will work within our four chosen themes.
Research and Women Empowerment
Information, Documenting and Publishing
Public Education, Advocacy and Networking
Institutional Development of AMKA
Democracy and Governance
All AMKA Programmes focus on a set of thematic areas identified by
the organisation. These are, Democracy and Governance, Health,
Wealth Creation and Creative Expression
Democracy and Governance
The overall aim is to mainstream gender in all structures and processes of governance. This is because Women are often seen as spectators of historical events with hardly any impact on these events. Whenever their role is recognised, it is usually treated peripherally. Kenya’s history is dotted with male chauvinistic approach that makes it harder for women and girls to climb the leadership ladder and excel.
Young women in rural and low income areas in Kenya have always been invisible. Most of them do not know about their rights. Whereas few of them have always enrolled in schools, most have dropped out before completion or attaining the literacy stage associated to self empowerment and development.
Many young girls do not enjoy their youthfulness. Conditions such as early pregnancies have sent them to early motherhood hence dropping out of school. The stigma associated with this state causes one to feel shame upon themselves and the families that they come from. Early marriages are therefore sought as a result to redeem one’s self esteem as all future possibilities are seen as locked. In other cases, young girls have dropped out of school to look for employment on the farms or domestic work so that they could earn income to support their families and even take their brother siblings to school. Also, if a family has limited resources, it is always the girl who drops out of school in favor for the boy.
Some cultural and religious practices have also contributed to the detriment of human rights for girls. Ownership of land and property rights have remained a preserve for the male a situation which is regarded as normal. Worse is in the cases where the orphaned and widowed families always lose their property and land to extended family especially paternal.
Gender and Health
This theme focuses on HIV/AIDS, which is still a national disaster. Although a lot has been done to create awareness on the disease, there is need to address the stigma and fear that is associated with the scourge.
A report titled, The deadly impact of Stigma, released in January 2008 says that while the campaign for increased access to HIV/AIDS medicines has improved, most people living with the virus in Kenya still do not seek treatment, and many die of treatable infections such as tuberculosis. Also People Living Positively (PwP) are stigmatised at the family level, hospitals and places of work by people who still believe the disease is incurable, degenerative, often disfiguring, and associated with undesirable death.
The same report also laments how HIV positive people are gossiped about, deprived of their identity and roles, and denied access to their own resources or inheritance rights, especially women. These targets of gossip lose their identity and social roles, as they are considered to have no future and no longer productive.
The theme aims to highlight women's economic deprivation and create space for their economic empowerment. The programme works with the following objectives:
To sensitise society on men's dominance over women's economic production.
To promote equitable economic production and resource distribution amongst women and men.
To expose the impact of major economic policy changes on women.
To highlight instances of economic violence against women
To expose the plight of women in formal and informal employment.
Though a few have made inroads, the formative creative talents in girls especially in a male dominated socio-economic domain is still limited. Patriarchal attitudes have continued to dominate and influence the thinking of society despite women coming up to challenge the status quo.
We aim to provide space for women and girls to express themselves creatively and to expose their worldview. Other objectives are:
To tap women and girls talents in writing
To compile and disseminate creative works by girls and by women
To encourage the development of creative skills in women and in girls
To highlight the contrast between women and men world-view
Increase awareness amongst the public of works by women and girls