GROOTS Kenya showcased and demonstrated how grassroots women are using a bottom up approach to localize Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda at the just concluded 26th session of the UN Habitat Governing Council (GC26) held in Nairobi at the UN Offices from 8th-12th May 2017.
Among some of the grassroots actions and interventions that GROOTS Kenya showcased were in the health sector using the Home Based Care Alliance model, the creation of Rural-Urban Linkages through improved essential services and infrastructure resulting from lobbying and advoacy, securing and safeguarding public land through community led public land mapping, enhancing food safety and security by adopting sustainable and improved farming technologies, promoting gender equality by supporting female aspirants among others.
GROOTS Kenya was represented at the GC26 by three staff members and two grassroots women leaders. The five representatives attended and participated in several sessions and side events among them; the Women’s Caucus, the Gender Forum on Achieving Gender Equality in a Fast Urbanizing World and another on Engendering the New Urban Agenda Implementation.
GROOTS Kenya’s booth was visited by 127 delegates whose interest was piqued by the work GROOTS Kenya is doing to empower grassroots communities and ensure that grassroots women take part in development processes.
At the council, President Uhuru Kenyatta stated that the New Urban Agenda shall be implemented by counties because secondary cities in Kenya are growing at a faster rate than the primary cities.