Il’laramatak Community Concerns (ICC), a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), was founded in September 2011, with the aim of addressing human rights and development concerns of Maasai pastoralist women and girls.
Il’laramatak is a Maasai word meaning “caregiver.” The Maasai are the “caregivers” of the grazing land throughout Kenya. ICC is the caregiver of the pastoralist community’s concerns regarding human rights, education, and land.
Pastoral women and girls face double marginalization first being from retrogressive cultural practices that violate their basic human rights, demeaning their value to lesser human as well as denying them opportunities to realize their full potential and worth. The second marginalization is from Government and leadership through policy gaps, access to leadership positions and unequal resource distribution.
While we recognize the gains that the new Kenyan Constitution has brought to women, it is evident that much more efforts are still needed to make sure they enjoy these rights. Women and girls continue to survive practices like Female Genital Mutilation, early forced marriages, no right to own land and other economic resources, access to leadership positions; both political and non-political to mention but a few.
ICC is aimed to tackle girls access, retention and transition from primary to secondary level education create opportunities for income generating projects for women, advocate for inclusion of women in leadership and decision-making positions, reduce the level of poverty and contribute to National development goals.
Il’laramatak Community Concerns envisions a Kenya where pastoralist communities recognize the equal value and potential of women and girls and men and boys to contribute to the well-being and growth of their families, communities and our country.
The mission of Il’laramatak Community Concerns is to elevate the perception of pastoralist women and girls in Kenya to a place of equal value and potential as men and boys.
- Accountably and Transparency
- Human rights
- Respect for communities
- Performance and team working
- Peace culture and active engagement of beneficiaries
- Mutual respect and partnership with the development humanitarian actors.