WIWAS was launched on February 23rd, 2016. The launch was attended by stakeholders in gender, water and sanitation sector. In attendance at the launch were representatives of the Ministry of Water & Irrigation, the Gender Commission, Members of the county assembly and members of the civil society. It was agreed that the issue of women accessing water and sanitation has not received the support that it deserves and it was time to do something about it. An interim committee was formed to chart the way forward for the association as we gear up to a National AGM that shall elect national officials.
WIWAS was born out of the 1st women network in the Africa Water Association (AfWA) Congress in Nairobi in February, 2016. The association aims at enhancing involvement of women at all levels of governance and management beyond the tokens required by the Constitution. Despite their overwhelming role in water provision for families and domestic activities, women are poorly represented in decision making structure, in project implementation and management.
Access to safe water means better health and (thus) access to education and income generating activities - The majorities of women affected by this live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family – and in doing so are prone to abuse. Not only does walking for water keep children out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money.
Domestic water collection leads to time poverty for women and girls. Women have unequal economic opportunities. Men benefit disproportionally from economic opportunities generated by the capital-intensive nature of water development and management.
To put women at the center of water and sanitation
To reinforce the role of women in management of water and sanitation in Kenya
African Water Association (AfWA) Scientific & Technical Council (STC) meeting at Boma Hotel, 23-27th November, 2015
1st Professional Women in Water meeting during the AfWA congress Sunday 21st February, 2016
1st Women in Water & Sanitation conference – September 14-15th, 2016 at Sawela Lodge, Naivasha
National Annual General Meeting – November, 2016.