|1.||CHAIRMAN||MARY KANANA NTEERE|
|2.||VICE CHAIRMAN||JENIFFER KATHAO|
|4.||VICE SECRETARY||MARGERET MUNENE|
|6.||VICE TREASURER||REBECCA NCOORO NTUKA|
|1.||CHAIRMAN||ASLI AHAMED HALAKE|
|2.||VICE CHAIRMAN||JAMILA ABDI ILAHI|
|3.||SECRETARY||ASHA ABDRAHMAN CAYO|
|4.||VICE SECRETARY||MUMINA ALI KORICHA|
|5.||TREASURER||REBECCA K. MUTHEI|
|6.||VICE TREASURER||GALGALU KOTE G.|
|4||VICE-SECRETARY||SCOLASTICA M. NZIOKA|
|THARAKA NITHI COUNTY|
|2||VICE-CHAIRMAN||ANN JOY MIRITI|
|3||SECRETARY||SALOME G. RIUNGU|
|6||VICE-TREASURER||TERESIA WANJA MUTEI|
|6||VICE-TREASURER||BATULA HASSAN LIALAKO|
|TANA RIVER COUNTY|
|1.||CHAIRMAN||FATUMA HALAKO GALOGALO|
|2.||VICE CHAIRMAN||MARGARET HABOKEA HIRIBAE|
|3.||SECRETARY||HADIJA HAJILA BARISA|
|5.||TREASURER||HADIJA NAWARIO GULU|
|6.||VICE TREASURER||ROSE TABEA MIYESA|
|1.||CHAIRMAN||AFIYA MKUWEWA RAMA|
|2.||VICE CHAIRMAN||JERUSHA W. ONDU|
|3.||SECRETARY||SHUHUDIA A. SHALEHE|
|4.||VICESECRETARY||MARY K. WAMBO|
|5.||TREASURER||BIMVUWA J. ABDALLA|
|6.||VICE TREASURER||FAREEDA H. BAMRASA|
|TAITA TAVETA COUNTY|
|1.||CHAIRMAN||JOYCE B. MWANGOJI|
|2.||VICE CHAIRMAN||JOSPHINE K MBOJE|
|3.||SECRETARY||JANE W. KUBO|
|4.||VICE SECRETARY||GRACE N. KARAMBU|
|6.||VICE TREASURER||MARTHA W. MWAMACHI|
|1.||CHAIRMAN||WITNESS N. KAMBI|
|2.||VICE CHAIRMAN||FIDES S. JULIUS|
|4.||VICE SECRETARY||REGINA VICTORIA|
|5.||TREASURER||ASHA I. HASSAN|
|6.||VICE TREASURER||MARY KATANA|
|1||CHAIRMAN||FATMA SALIM ALBUSAIDY|
|2||VICE-CHAIRMAN||ZEINA MOHAMED MBWAJUMWA|
|NYANDARUA COUNTY OFFICIALS|
|1.||CHAIRMAN||GLADYS WANJIKU NDERITU|
|2.||VICE CHAIRMAN||FAITH N. KAIRU|
|3.||SECRETARY||PHELOMENA WAIRIMU MUGO|
|4.||VICESECRETARY||VERONOCA WANGUI WANYAGI|
|5.||TREASURER||MARY WAMBUI KANGETHE|
|6.||VICE TREASURER||MARY WANJIKU NDUNGU|
|KIAMBU COUNTY OFFICIALS|
|1.||CHAIRMAN||MARGARET MARY WAMBUI KABA|
|2.||VICE CHAIRMAN||ANSUSAH WANJIKU MBUGUA|
|3.||SECRETARY||TABITHA WANGARI NJUGUNA KIBAIYU|
|4.||VICESECRETARY||ANN T. W. MUKEI|
|5.||TREASURER||RAHAB MUTHONI CHIKIRU|
|6.||VICE TREASURER||SALOME MWIHAKI NJENGA|
|1||CHAIRMAN||PURITY MUTHONI NGUNJIRI|
|3||SECRETARY||PURITY NYAGUTHII WAMBUGU|
|4||VICE-SECRETARY||LUCY WAGUTHII NDUNG'U|
|5||TREASURER||JOSEPHINE WAITHERA WAIRAGU|
|6||VICE-TREASURER||CATHERINE WANGUI KINORI|
|1||CHAIRMAN||JUSTINA WANJIRU NDUNGU|
|2||VICE-CHAIRMAN||MARY WANGARI MWAI|
|3||SECRETARY||JANE KIRANGARI KAMWAGA|
|4||VICE-SECRETARY||LOISE NYAMBURA KAMENDE|
|5||TREASURER||LYDIA NYAMBURA WAWERU|
|6||VICE-TREASURER||TERESIAH WAMBUI WAIGANJO|
|1.||CHAIRMAN||MARTHA BETTY ECHAYO MIYANDAZI|
|2.||VICE CHAIRMAN||CICILIA WAIRIMU NJATHI|
|3.||SECRETARY||ANNASTACIA SYOMWAI MUTUKU|
|4.||VICESECRETARY||RAHAB WANGUI NDAMBUKI|
|5.||TREASURER||RACHAEL WANGUI MAGU|
|6.||VICE TREASURER||ESTHER MWIKALI KIAMBA|
MYWO has a Secretariat based at the MYWO Headquarters. The Secretariat headed by the National Chairperson handles professional and administrative functions of MYWO.
The Secretariat is responsible for the implementation of all policies and programmes approved by the organizations committees. The Secretariat gives technical and support services in planning and programming.
National Chairman of Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organization, she was the immediate past National Vice Chairman and past Chairman Eastern Province. She is a member of the UNDP Team of Eminent Persons (TEP). Renowned Kenyan Entrepreneur who pioneered the weaving and marketing of Kenya handcrafts especially the ‘kiondo’ abroad and has been instrumental in empowering Kenyan women economically especially the former Kitui and Machakos Districts which are among origins of handcrafts. She has also marketed and exported the Kisii soapstone, the woodcarvings from Akamba Cooperative in Changamwe, Mombasa and the Muranga ‘Mugio’ basket handicrafts from Turkana women groups thus empowering the communities in those areas for the last three decades. She is also a member of Kamba Council of elders (Nzama ya Atumia Ma Ukamba).
Rahab Muiu (Mrs.) HSC
Mrs. Jane Kiano
Ms. Eileen Kendagor
Vice National Chairman
Ms. Sureya Roble
Vice National Chairman
Hon. Beatrice Kones
Vice National Chairman
Ms. Elizabeth Mayieka
Ms. Phyllis Polong
Deputy National Secretary
Ms. Mary Odhiambo
Beth Syengo (Ms.) HSC
Deputy National Treasurer
To view a list of officials in each region, click on the region of your choice below:
Registered in 1952, Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) is a national membership Non-Governmental Organization. It seeks to unify, nurture and empower women socially, economically and politically to be able to deal with the unique challenges that face them in society.
For the almost six decades that MYWO has worked in Kenya, it has gone through a series of changes - from a women’s welfare association during the colonial times, to a wing of a political party and finally an independent NGO. Just as Kenya has experienced political and social transition since the historic general elections of2002, MYWO has gone through its own identity crisis. Because of its sheer size and a multiplicity of interests, sometimes in diametric opposition, MYWO has gone through difficult times, which is characteristic of such a large organization in a dynamic environment.
MYWO has also registered unprecedented levels of success, all challenges notwithstanding, in reaching out to the women of Kenya and providing a forum through which they have been able to mobilize and empower themselves economically and politically. Institutional development processes, including the development of this strategic plan, have been conducted so that MYWO can become a modern, relevant organization that will meet the needs of the women of Kenya in new innovative ways.
Over the next five years (2010-2015), MYWO seeks to:
- Develop a strong, modern and well governed national women’s civil society institution in order to enhance the ability to deliver programmes sustainably;
- Mainstream women in economic development processes at national and local levels;
- Enhance the role of women in leadership and public policy processes; and,
- Enhance national cohesion and peace through proactive intervention at local and national levels.
Maendeleo House Mrs. Phoebe Asiyo-President, MYWO
Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) was registered in 1952. It is a national membership Non-Governmental Organization. It seeks to unify, nurture and empower women socially, economically and politically to be able to deal with the unique challenges that face them in society.
MYWO was first organized by the Department of Community Development and Rehabilitation within the colonial government. At the time of independence, the leadership of the organization was turned over to African women.
The new independent government rewarded MYWO’s efforts by funding their projects and distinguishing the role of the organization as a welfare agency. Overtime, MYWO’s grassroots network expanded to eight provinces of the country and the leadership was made up of a chain of elected representatives from the smallest administrative unit up to the national level.
Today, MYWO boasts of a nation-wide network of over 4 million individual members and 25,000 affiliate groups.
MYWO involvement in women empowerment and development issues run over six decades. At Kenya’s independence, MYWO played a role in building the country through its countrywide network. MYWO joined President Kenyatta’s rallying cry of self-help.
MYWO’s efforts in women’s mobilization were instrumental in building schools, clinics, and community centers across the country. By the mid- 1970s, MYWO had raised enough money to build Maendeleo House in Central Business District of Nairobi.
The leaders were strongly influenced by the United Nations Declaration of the Decade for Women (1976-1985), following the World Conference for Women that was held in Mexico City. Correspondingly, MYWO oriented its programming towards social welfare all the whileproviding a prominent voice for grassroots women’s organizations. In the 1980s, MYWO became affiliated with the then ruling party KANU. MYWO mobilized women for KANU and managed government programs for women.
However, this was the period when development partners declined to sponsor MYWO’s development because of its alignment to KANU.
Ironically this was the period MYWO acquired many assets in form of vehicles and land/plots in urban areas as a reward for the good service done for KANU.However, in the early 1990s, MYWO joined the democratization movement in Kenya and disengaged from KANU. Nevertheless, MYWO continued as a key political player. During the political transition from one party to a multiparty system in Kenya, MYWO, like many civil society organizations in the country, went through an identity crisis as it attempted to find its place in the reform movement to better take care of the interests of women in the new political dispensation.
MYWO is managed from its National Secretariat. The programme and project activities of MYWO are designed and executed by the National Secretariat which is staffed by the organization’s technical professional team, led by an Executive Director. The Executive Director and the Heads of Departments together form the Management Team that coordinates programme design and implementation. The Management Team also provides leadership and technical competency for resource mobilization and management.
The supreme decision making organ of MYWO is the General Assembly of members which ordinarily meets on an annual basis (Annual General Meeting) to transact its business. The National Executive Council (NEC) is responsible for governance, dealing with policy direction and oversight.
Over the years, this organization has accumulated a wealth of experience in the management of development projects and, diversified and expanded its vision and mission to encompass community concerns.
MYWO's past main programmes were: Reproductive Health, Women & Development, Economic Empowerment, Education, HIV & AIDS, Gender & Governance and Research & Development.
Established in 1952, Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) is a non-profit voluntary women's organization with a mission to improve the quality of life of the rural communities especially women and youth in Kenya.
Join us today as partners, fellow ambassadors or crusaders in quest for a better life for the women in Kenya and all over the world!
We Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) are now more than ever energized to continue empowering women all over Kenya through different ways including equipping them with skills to encourage entrepreneurship for example, weaving, hand loom, cooking among others.
You may not change the whole world but you can change one woman’s life in your own small or big way anywhere in the country because we MYWO are alive and vibrant all over Kenya!We seek from you any form of donations which could be your time, skills, ideas, money, materials to help reach out to the woman deep in the grass root who counts on us MYWO to make her life better.
Sponsorship provides resources that go into programs and projects identified to target specific areas, custom made to suit the immediate community’s needs with impartiality.Feel free to talk to us as well as ask us more about our organization's activities, projects and programs any time. Your support will be highly appreciated, simply contact us:
Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO)
P.O. Box 44412-00100
Tel: 2222095/ 2252210/ 224293
MYWO membership is open to all women. Registration for membership is currently ongoing. The membership rates are as follows:
Individual membership is Kshs. 100/=
Life membership is Kshs. 1,100/= ,
Group affiliation is Kshs. 2,000/= and
Diaspora membership is $50 (USD).
(All cash should be deposited in either of the below bank accounts and the deposit slip forwarded to MYWO-Accounts office-for issuance of cards and certificates.)
Bank: Barclays Bank of Kenya. Bank: Kenya Commercial Bank
Account name: Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization Account name: Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization
Account Number: 0948219999 Account Number: 1146825226
Branch: Queensway Branch Branch: University Way