Who We Are

Women Spaces Africa is a community based organization that envisions a world in which all girls and young women with disabilities, regardless of economic status, religion, cultural background and education level are nurtured and empowered to reach their fullest potential.
Our Thematic areas are guided by The Maputo Protocol to guarantee comprehensive rights to women including the right to take part in the political process, to social and economic growth, and control of women reproductive health.
As a grass-root oriented organization WSA exists to address the needs of young girls and women with disabilities.
WSA provides a platform that creates space for girls and women with disabilities between the ages of 15 years to 35 years for experiential learning with the aim of strengthening their capacity to create spaces for themselves at the community and regional level to realize their potential.

It is a good time that girls and women with disabilities in Kenya, in all their diversity, join hands with all other women to build a society that is inclusive and progressive for us all

Our Objectives

1) To advance and advocate for the Rights of girls and young women with disabilities as enshrined in the UN charter and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.

2) To partner and build alliances with any like-minded Individuals, Organizations or Institutions working towards gender equity, promoting Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, and economic empowerment.

Our Mission

To create transformative spaces for women and girls with disabilities to participate in their own sustainable development in dignity, respect and equity.

Our Vission

Towards realization of the rights of girls and women with disabilities.

Our Values

Our Areas Of Operation

WSA targets to conduct developmental activities in rural Kenya and in urban slum communities   in Nairobi County: I) Mathare II) Mukuru  III) Kibera.

Programs

Despite the universal right to access the same range, quality and standard of free or affordable health care and programs as provided to other persons, girls and women with disabilities continue to experience challenges in accessing these services. Women Spaces Africa focuses on alleviating challenges faced by GWWDs in accessing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in our target areas and Kenya generally. By conducting trainings and dialogue forums to sensitize service providers on SRHR needs of GWWDs for better support and for the government to enforce the provision of disability friendly services in all health facilities.

Our Team

Phylis Mbeke

founder and the executive director

Lillian Kivuti

Program Manager

Phylis Mbeke is the founder and the executive director of Women Spaces Africa. Previously she worked as Program Manager working with adolescent girls on access to information and services on SRHR. She was involved greatly in community organizing to sensitize on SGBV She has over ten years’ experience working with grass root women led organizations, she seeks to integrate disability rights in the reproductive justice movement, she beliefs community lens is crucial for policy makers and is a diver to regional and international conventions.

Lillian Kivuti is the Program Manager at Women Spaces Africa. She has practical experience on SRHR and disability rights advocacy for over a decade having worked in the disability movement articulating the rights of girls and women with disabilities on access to SRHR services in Kenya

She believes disability inclusion is key in realizing a stigma free society where all girls and women with disabilities are given equal opportunities and spaces for sustainable development.

Faridah Nduku

Field Officer

Grace Waithira Kinyua

Sign Language Interpreter

Faridah Nduku is a young activist championing for the rights of girls and women with disabilities. She has been involved in community sensitization to amplify the voices of girls and women with disabilities in informal settlement. She is currently working with WSA as a field officer.

Grace Waithira Kinyua Professional Sign Language Interpreter Working with Women Spaces Africa. Previously she has worked with National council for persons with disability (NCPWDs), United disability empowerment in Kenya (UDEK) United Disability for persons in Kenya (UDPK) Ministry of Youth, National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC)among others She has passion for girls and women with disabilities and envisions a world where deaf women and girls are given equal platform for accessibility. Currently she is working with Women Spaces Africa.

Board Of Directors

Dr Caroline Tatua

Senior Reproductive Health coordinator

International Rescue Committee

Melissa Wainaina

Feminist Republik Facilitator

Urgent Action Fund Africa

Dr Alice Kaaria

Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Marie Stopes Kenya

Shamim Salim

Safe Space Program Officer

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE

 

Nondo Ejano

WGNRR AFRICA

Africa Regional Coordinator

 

Our Partners