Rights and Accountability Pillar

Our rights and acountability pillar is our anchor initiative. Under this pillar, we seek to deepen grassroots women’s collective power and advance practical actions that challenge and change the status quo, shift power and increase women’s influence on issues that affect them and their communities. We do this by investing in civic engagement to increase grassroots women’s influence on decisions that affect their lives, increase demand for government accountability in the management of public affairs and resources as well as demand for government responsiveness in the delivery of justice and services. Specifically, we deploy grassroots activism and capacity building approaches to empower women and girls to organize and meaningfully participate in governance processes and structures to influence decisions in their favor. We empower women to organize and demand accountability in the management of public affairs and resources as well as agitate for responsiveness in the delivery of justice and services.

Under this pillar, we further amplify women and girls’ voices in local and national discourses to influence public narrative, policy, and praxis on topical issues e.g. political inclusion through the one third gender rule. Because women’s concerns are intersectional and interconnected, we leverage our governance expertise by connecting women to organizations and resources that combat cultural norms and narratives that perpetuate violence against women, discrimination and marginalization of women; while building support for government policies that promote women’s rights and increase female representation in political, public and community settings.

This pillar of our work is premised on the notion that civic participation and empowerment is key to enabling women and girls to realize their rights, peacefully participate in politics, provide a check on the government, and influence government policy. Without opportunities for grassroots activism and civic engagement, motivations for ethnic conflict and violence are likely to increase, as the population seeks to ensure their voice is heard and their needs are met. Civic participation and empowerment require respect for fundamental civil and political rights of minority groups, (women and girls being key), including the perception that these rights can be freely exercised without fear of retribution. To engage effectively, women and girls must be able to access information, requisite technology, and resources, grow their capacity and confidence; organize and take action.