This programme addresses women’s limited access, control and ownership of land and other productive resources. While the Kenyan constitution and subsequent laws strongly speak to the right of women to own land, if asked, every single Kenyan would state that their culture prescribes against women inheriting land. This difference between law and practice limits women’s access to land. Grassroots women have engaged with policy makers, nationally and regionally to develop a charter on Women’s land rights. Among pastoralists communities women face bigger challenges because land is communally owned and registration is through the ranch system which is male dominated, with registration and subsequent benefits emanating from the male member of the household. GROOTS is supporting pastoralist women to ensure that first of all the ranch leadership adheres to the 2/3rd gender principle by including women in the leadership, and secondly that women are recognized as legitimate shareholders in the group ranches whether or not they are married.
The need to ensure women’s economic empowerment has led GROOTS to support grassroots women to establish a grassroots SACCO.