Solid Waste Management

Promoting gender equity and empowerment in Solid Waste Management

Gender bias remains a major problem in waste management sector. Men continue to dominate the sector. Apart from the nature of work involved and which does not favor them, women also face more challenges when juggling home, and family. There is even an obvious gender imbalance in the community leadership and committees where women are finding themselves sidelined in leadership positions. Parents in informal settlements were also reluctant to let their girls participate in SWM. However, efforts were made to mobilize women through other activities like sports and drama. Success stories have been reported in Kariobangi South where a women football team of old women has been a success story in getting women more interested environmental issues. In Kibera, Zero waste group which is an all women youth community based organization has greatly improved its products which are made from recycled products.

Definite and deliberate actions have been taken to incorporate women in waste management activities. In the case of Kiambiu, women forums were organized to bring aboard the women issues and ensure their involvement. Now we even have a lady as the vice chairperson of the group. In Kibera, the Binti Pamoja group is an all-women’s group supported to recycle waste nylon papers into jewellery, baskets, mats and pillows. In other areas like Kamukunji, women engage in cleaning the recyclable materials after the collections. A lot of effort was also placed to ensure that leadership of the youth CBOs had an equitable representation of both male and female.

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