The customary practices within Kenya’s communities tended to marginalise the women. When viewed from human point of view and the place of the human person in creation, both genders should enjoy equality in every sense of human consideration safe, in the reproductive systems. Those practices by our fore bearers, without condemning them, were obnoxious. However, many of these cruel practices arose due to the communities’ war like activities that got them from the families for long spells and every time they came back to their communities, hurt, maimed, dejected sometimes defeated they reacted badly to their own. Remoteness, backwardness and primitivity promoted crude behaviour particularly due to lack of understanding of biological and social (natural) differences between the male and female gender. The communities never considered the value and principle of complimentarity and men saw idlers and simple creatures in women who they relegated to homestead activities.
We in FORD Asili recognize and acknowledge the gender disparity in favour of men in many aspects of our life. Although a lot of effort has been put and progress made towards gender equality and equity, a lot more needs to be done in order to close the gender gap. Research has shown that no nation can develop adequately without addressing gender issues. Since the female gender comprises about 50 percent of the population in the world, neglect of women’s development is simply burying our heads in the sand as does the proverbial ostrich. In many cases the female gender has been more focused and productive than their counterparts in the other gender. FORD Asili will strive to achieve gender equality and equity in all sectors of our society by 2017. To achieve this, FORD-Asili is committed to rising up and lifting the female gender by addressing the following issues: