Baringo Women and Youth Organization (BWYO) was launched on 15th January 2019. BWYO consist of a Management Committee and a secretariat who initiated the formation of this organization with the aim of addressing women and youth issues at Baringo County both locally, nationally and internationally. BWYO was founded therefore to provide a springboard from which pastoralists’ minority communities in Baringo can amplify their voices and articulate, advance their development needs, aspirations, priorities and social needs and constantly engaging the government and other shareholders accountable.
The organization is under a management board with the secretariat based in Marigat sub- County, headed and managed by a Coordinator with other support staff: Programs officer, accountant and an Administrative secretary.
Prosperous Minority Communities
The organization mission is “To lobby and advocate for rightful position of the Baringo’ Women and Youth minority communities in all spheres of life and development”.
It aims to accomplish these through both legal and constitutional means. Key issues include but not limited to: rights to self-determination, rights to social, cultural and economic empowerment, right to self-expression and right to a healthy and clean environment conducive to human habitation.
The organization works closely and in partnership and in complementary relations with all those who believe and cherish the kind of ideals we intend to promote.
Poor physical infrastructure, poverty, insecurity, lack of market for livestock, climate change, inadequate social facilities and information and low levels of participation in the formal education systems, and poor performance characterize the minority communities and these conditions contribute to extreme levels of poverty among the minority communities in Baringo County.
The organization constantly engages partners both in government and non-governmental organizations and well-wishers, including charitable organizations and individuals to raise funds to carry out the programs and activities that will help to bring minority communities in Baringo County into the visible world.
Current programs include:
- Human rights awareness and education
- Women empowerment and right of the Girl-child
- Environmental problems and concerns as attributed to climate change
- FGM and forced marriages,
- Capacity Building of the community leaders and members,
- Community Natural Resources management training and
- Water and sanitation.
- Peacebuilding and conflicts resolution