Deep-seated negative attitude against women ultimately render them feel lesser human and incapable of holding leadership positions. Such obstacles limited women from developing their leadership potentials and take full advantage of positive enabling environment created by Kenyan constitution and various policies. Low level of awareness of their most basic rights and duties is a foremost human rights problem facing pastoralist women. Vast majority remain virtually unaware of the laws and institutions put in place to defend them. Paralegal services are inadequate and therefore minimal referral mechanisms to national justice institutions. Widespread preference of alternative dispute resolution mechanism over formal justice system where ADR resolutions largely fails to conform with the bill of rights, leaves many victims without accessing justice.
Interventions: ALCHA consistently addresses systemic issues of pastoralist women and girls who face specific forms of gender-based violence (GBV) and intimidation in both private and public spaces, with their spouses, members of their extended families and other male residents standing out as the key perpetrators. The problem of local patriarchy socializes men for gender-based violence. Sadly, impunity looms dangerously in the local environment; over and above supporting Gender-based violence and discrimination, the patriarchal system near-perfectly obscures the heinous crimes from public scrutiny. This not only violates the survivors’ right to an effective remedy, but also potentially deters local women from participating in economic and socio-political processes. Often, defaulters face dire consequences, including neglect, excommunication, and even family breaks and unilateral divorce (for women).The situation is particularly worse for women and girls With Disabilities, who are often hidden from public limelight. Even more worse is the situation of women and girls with disability from minority ethnic groups, who face multiple marginalization.
To reduce this trend ALCHA organizes trainings on gender-based rights for pastoralist women and girls to enable them desist from harmful cultural practices. To boost women political participation, women elites forum were held to map out women political future in the region. Local radio stations were engaged in popular vernacular languages to advocate for women political and appointive leadership positions. Women aspirants were given motivational lectures to inspire them to political leadership positions. IEC materials to eliminate self-limiting attitudes among pastoralist women were also produced and disseminated. Material support such as posters were provided for pastoralist women aspirants during electioneering period. An advocacy platform "Women for Leadership and Policy Watch (WLPW)" was formed and operationalized. Further, women were engaged as civic and voter educators and election observers.