Omega Winners Initiative, a community-based organisation has signed up a deal with FIDA-Kenya to carry out advocacy work on women rights.
The deal that was spearheaded by Carol Letuyia, the chief executive officer of the local CBO is now going to work with FIDA-K in advocacy work on women’s rights and to provide free legal aid to women and girls at the community level.
Letuyia is a trained teacher and doubles up as a human rights activist specialising on issues of abuse on women and girls.
She is also a victim of such abuses after she was forced to undergo the cut at a tender age before she was married off under duress to a man she had never seen.
After years in a solicited marriage, her teacher husband got in sexual entanglement with another uncircumcised woman from Makueni who changed his life by providing a “steamy sexual relationship”.
This was the beginning of long troublesome years to follow for Letuyia, whose husband chose another woman to be with her because according to his own words, the new girl was “complete”.
Efforts by Letuyia to even convince her husband that she can stay as a second wife in the home was rejected and was asked to pack and go.
Letuyia, now a respected human rights activist, has been recognised by FIDA-K under its ‘support to women’s rights and empowerment’ program and signed a 5-month memorandum of understanding.
Under the 5 months’ MOU, Letuyia’s CBO will be supported financially by FIDA-K and thereafter, after the lapse of the period, FIDA will only support it through written request.
The collaboration between the two organisations is based on mutual understanding of the need to support the communities to address discrimination and violence against women and girls.
This will be done by enabling them (women and girls) to secure legal remedies and protection from discrimination.
The CBO is now expected to publicise and promote the legal aid project in the area of operation in Kajiado East.
The local organisation will be expected to provide basic legal advice to women and girls in the area of operation.
The Omega Winners Initiative will be under the direct supervision of the Women and Governance Programme Officer and the overall supervision of the FIDA-K deputy executive director.