Rural Women Peace Link (RWPL)

Description: RWPL is based in Uasin Gishu County with network operations in North Rift Kenya and parts of Western and Nyanza. With a long established network of 500 women groups in 11 counties including Uasin Gishu, Nandi, West Pokot, Trans Nzoia, Baringo, Laikipia, Samburu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Bungoma (Mt. Elgon), Kisumu and Kakamega. The secretariat is based in Eldoret. Overtime RWPL has responded to women-specific concerns and issues during and after violent conflicts. The initiative was started in June 1999 by a group of women peace makers, who conceded that exclusion of women from the community decision making processes is the main contributor to high female vulnerability in situations dominated by ethnic conflict, economic hardships, socio-cultural exploitation and political manipulation. Mission: To mobilize local women and youth groups to work with multiple actors and stakeholders that exposes them to skills and the knowledge which enable them influence social and structural changes towards sustainable peace and development. The Peace Link, is establishing a platform to enhance the visibility and the silent voices of local women in conflict situations. RWPL enables the Peace Link to access information and opportunities to share experiences and expertise that is both relevant and specific to the environment. RWPL has been empowering women and girls to become active citizens and agents of change in communities affected by ethnic and gender based violence.
Programs: The programs include peace building and conflict transformation, women economic empowerment, Women Human Rights advocacy, Women leadership and governance empowerment program and Girl Child Education support and Mentorship Program.