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Project details

Start date: January 2017
Status: Finished
Duration: 3 months
Country: Kenya
Coordinator: Phyllis Livaha
Number of participants: 1
Number of local researchers: 2

Sustainable Development Goals

PAR Report

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The Women Empowerment Challenge

A PAR aiming to enhance economic independence of local women in Kisii, rural Kenya

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The Women Empowerment Challenge is a PAR-project which originates from the outcomes of the Female Rights Challenge. During the Female Rights Challenge -about female circumcision and the right for women to make their choice in this- local women decided to focus first on enhancing economic independence as a first step towards the ability to make independent decisions on female circumcision. As such, in this Women Empowerment Challenge, we decided to look at the different self-help groups in Nyaribari Chache Constituency to identify opportunities for economic enhancement for women

PAR Design


Since both women and men in the community experience corruption on a day-to-day basis, they decided to co-create and realize a community action plan to ‘disrupt the chain of corruption’. On different levels, from the government to the selfhelp groups, several actions were taken to break the corruption cycle. Download the report of the Women Empowerment Challenge (column left) to read more about this PAR and its outcome.


The people in Kisii are taking small, but candid steps in empowering both women and men in the community. Their strategies have created an opportunity to redefine development and provide for tangible implementation mechanisms for economic, social and cultural rights, globally. Download the Women Empowerment Challenge Follow up 2019 (column left) to read more about the impact of this PAR.

Phyllis Livaha, Coordinator of this Challenge:

“Through conducting PAR, I learned more than I could ever learn in any class.  The stakeholders felt engaged, valued, a sense of ownership, and responsible during the implementation of the project. The PAR approach was desirable because it created opportunities for building local capacity and enhancing continuity of involvement.”

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