Jumuiya Women Fund

Our Theory of Change

We believe that the challenges encountered by women’s rights and gender equality crusaders are caused, by a combination of factors, that include systems of patriarchal power and structural systems of discrimination, including bias based on disability, sexual orientation, HIV status, class, age, and ethnicity. This problem is heightened by laws and policies that are nonconforming but sadly upheld by state institutions and traditional/customary authorities as well as social institutions such as religious and customary institutions; and, informally, through beliefs, norms and values. The full achievement of women’s rights, thus, requires a change in both formal and informal power at the individual, community, and societal levels.

Against all the setbacks, JWF is motivated by the belief that all human beings must fully enjoy the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the African Union Protocol on Gender and Development, among other gender equality instruments. These human rights instruments affirm that ‘women’s rights are human rights’ and recognize the inherent rights of every person whether male or female.