SPECIFIC OBJECTIVETo support traditional knowledge and practices that enhance pastoralists resilience to extreme weather effects.

Theme: Ensuring Justice for all through gender equality, fairness, and inclusive leadership

Pastoralist landscapes are characterized by resource-based conflicts, cattle rustling, and inadequate participation in Governance. ICC inspires and trains pastoralist to realize their basic rights as granted by the Kenyan constitution and equip them with knowledge and skills for claiming these rights through civic education. ICC ensures women are included and are at the center of participation in elective political leadership. Women then are actively engaged in decision-making on their future destiny as citizens at the village, County, and National levels.

In Kenya, women participation in political leadership is significantly low and is even worst among pastoralist communities where illiteracy and cultural practices inhibit women’s quest for representation. ICC believes that there is need to strengthen the participation of women in political processes and decision-making so as to adequately address their issues at all levels. ICC has been a member of TUVUKE steering committee at national and community level seeking to enhance women participation as voters and would-be leaders.

ICC uses community forums to train on and conduct civic education in the community in order to facilitate dialogue, problem identification and planning for solutions.

Advocacy at all levels – International, Regional, National, County and Community.

In the past, pastoralist communities have suffered historical injustices, inequalities, and marginalization as a result of biased policy choices made by consecutive post-independence governments in Kenya. This has persisted to date with no improvements whatsoever. Despite the fact that Kenya is a signatory to many International human rights conventions and has ratified some of them, institutionalization has been hampered by low political will and relative inertia to implement. ICC sees that engaging in policy advocacy at local, national, regional and International levels is key to causation of change towards better lives for pastoralists, especially women and girls. It is the only way to bring out the issues of pastoralists to the public domain and to agitate for action at all levels.

At the community level, ICC advocates for change of attitude towards women in leadership and education. ICC facilitates the formation of Girls Transformation Clubs in schools to foster self-esteem, ambition and networking to form a generation of young women leaders who understand and fight for their rights. The girls are as well involved in goal-setting for school girls aimed at long-term visioning and breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy giving a voice to the voiceless. ICC fosters and encourages peer learning through exchange programs between community schools under its area of coverage among pastoralists

At the County level, ICC advocates for gender sensitive resource budgeting and allocation e.g. targeting a percentage or number of bursaries for needy students from Northern Kenya and other arid lands, particularly girls who wish to pursue tertiary and university education through County and CDF education grants. ICC influences the development of gender-sensitive legislation at County level to ensure equity and representation of women and girls issues.

At the National level, ICC is championing formal education of the pastoralist girls in the country, aimed at increasing the enrolment, retention and completion of education for the girls in the pastoralist communities. ICC advocates for the enactment and enforcement of Acts directly affecting pastoralist communities, women and girls e.g. FGM Act, Community Land Act among others.

ICC promotes representation and participation of pastoralist women in national leadership positions and advocates for gender sensitive education policies for pastoralist communities

ICC is involved in advocacy for the enactment of constitutional articles that directly impact on pastoralists to improve their conditions, such as article 204 on equalization fund among others. It advocates for the enactment of pastoralist-friendly education and land policies in the country in favor of especially nomadic pastoralist, with special emphasis to women and girls. ICC has been elected as the Executive Committee at the National NGO council, representing pastoralist and minority groups in the country. ICC is the chair of the girl-child network and is taking the lead in advocating for the rights of children.

ICC in the region advocates for International human rights instruments to be included in the regional legislations and promotes domestication and institutionalization of the AU protocols relevant to pastoralist peoples, with special emphasis to women and girls.

ICC is a member of IPACC- Indigenous People of Africa Coordinating Committee and has been elected as a gender representative for the African Region