The Women for Change committee is focused on empowering women through education and supports the tertiary education of 78 Maasai women in Kenya and 4 in Sydney. All students come from the Transmara region in rural Kenya and are the first girls in their communities to receive tertiary education.
In the Transmara region, girls are normally educated to 12 before they are married – often to an older man with several wives. As their husband’s property, they are limited to domestic duties and subject to traditional practices such as genital mutilation, early marriage and teenage pregnancy. Educating girls is the key to changing these harmful cultural practices and helping to raise these communities out of poverty.
It is anticipated that girls with a tertiary education will become role models and leaders in their communities which will support change in the lives of these women, their families and the community. Dr Kakenya Ntaiya started this evolution when she founded her primary and secondary schools for girls in Transmara. The tertiary education of these Maasai girls at KCE which is supported by Women for Change will continue her extraordinary work. Across the community, women will begin to understand their legal rights as well as principles of general and reproductive health. Men will learn to value the contribution of these educated women in their communities.
Women for Change is committed to ensuring tertiary education remains within the reach of Maasai girls from KCE.