The cultural and societal norms that perpetuate gender inequality are deeply rooted around the world. IDH’s work with the Gender Empowerment Platform has made strong progress in the Kenyan tea sector.
Under the Gender Empowerment Platform, IDH brought together 85% of all tea companies in Kenya to reduce gender discrimination and violence and increase female leadership and representation on tea estates and in tea communities. Women and their communities there are now in a better position to assert their rights and take on leadership roles, and address discrimination and gender-based violence (GBV).
The latest impact evaluation shows that despite the many challenges, the work under the GEP contributed significantly to the reduction of GBV occurrences in the Kenyan tea industry. IDH will incorporate the many lessons learnt throughout this program into its future initiatives, such as the Women’s Safety Accelerator Fund. IDH’s mission is to continuously improve the way IDH and industry partners tackle GBV.