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.