Lamu Women Alliance (LAWA) is a legally women-led registered Kenyan not-for-profit organization that was formed to empower women on their rights to actively participate in advocating, protecting and utilizing natural resources and environment in a sustainable responsible manner to secure their livelihood.
Since 2016 the organization has worked under the umbrella of Save Lamu organization as a Save Lamu women movement to engage community and stakeholders especially women in decision making, promote sustainable and responsible development and preserve the environmental, social and cultural integrity of Lamu County.
The movement has been registered this year (2021) as Lamu Women Alliance (LAWA) after working for many years under Save Lamu and realizing the gaps and challenges in working with Save Lamu in that we were not able to focus on other women issues affecting Lamu women such as Gender based Violence, women economic empowerment among others. The other concern was that Save Lamu is a men-led organization and decision is made by men. These are the reasons for us to form the Lamu Women Alliance which is also a consortium of 11 locally women organizations in Lamu.
The Sovereign Woman!
To create and provide safe spaces and facilitate socio-economic well-being for vulnerable women and girls in Lamu County, through leveraging available resources, and forging true partnerships and collaborations to yield impactful actions that enable them achieve resilience and thrive
• Commitment • Respect • Service Oriented • Transparency • Positivity • Sincerity • Creative risk-taking
a) Raise awareness on resource rights to communities to enable control over their natural resources and foster their sustainable use b) To support Girl child education, increase access, encourage enrollment and full transitionto basic primary / secondary school c) Make quality maternal and reproductive health services accessible d) Preserve the cultural and social identity e.g., women, minority community, youth and people with disabilities of the marginalized indigenous communities in Lamu. e) To support economic empowerment of women. f) To promote and advocate for Gender and Human rights.
Through Save Lamu we have been able to receive funds to empower women in ensuring that women are also are also in the forefront in advocating for their environmental/natural resource rights. Through the support of our partners such as Global Green Grants Fund (GGF), Urgent Action Fund-Africa, Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA) and Womin, we are able to do women empowerment programs such as training on advocacy, women rights, gender based violence, political rights as well as awareness creation sessions. We also partner with Lamu women groups such as Sauti ya Wanawake, Save Lamu, Lamu Women for Change, Sisters for Change, Lamu Women Digital, Save Lamu Women Movement
Vice Chair Person
Khadija Said Ali