WardheerNews (WDN) Interview with CEO Hubbie Hussein al-Haji of Womankind Kenya
WardheerNews (WDN): As the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Womankind, could you please shed light on the background history and operational procedures of Womankind?
Hubbie Hussein, CEO of
Since its inception WOKIKE has assisted communities in the region in establishing nursery and primary schools, a rescue centre for girls, supplying textbooks, assisting in payment of school fees and strengthening school management. In the field of health WOKIKE has been involved in raising the awareness on HIV/AIDS and FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and building the capacity of the communities through health training. WOKIKE has also been involved in assisting communities to access water. WOKIKE has also been involved in promoting income generating activities for marginalized groups and promotion of alternative livelihood for the communities such as agricultural activities through irrigation
WDN: When one pays closer attention to the word “womankind,” one is made to believe that your organization is striving to improve the living conditions of women and girls only. Is your organization exclusively restricted to the service of women and girls and that no room exists for men and boys?
WDN: What are some of your projects and how many people do you serve?
Food security and livelihood – this aim is in making the beneficiary self- reliant by supporting and introducing alternative livelihood mechanism.
Women Empowerment – this programme deliberate targets to empower women on political, economic as well as socially. Under this we have political participation of women, Income Generating Activities for Women among others.
Water and Sanitation and Hygiene – Water is a basic need and no one can survive without water for a short duration. Our region is categorized as water deficit area; Womankind therefore took measures to bring water close to the people.
Health Programme – under this programme we implement outreaches and medical camps in liaison with the ministry of health.
Campaigns and Advocacies – this is deliberately used to campagin against harmful practices at the same time influence policies through advocacy
WDN: Where do you get your funding and the expertise required to run such a fast growing organization?
WDN: In a previous interview you had with RaadRaac program of Radio Wardheer-part of WardheerNews Media group-you noted that your organization was engaged in defeating women trafficking, particularly ethnic Somali girls. How is the current status of the trafficking problem and has it decreased or is it still an ongoing problem?
WDN: What has your organization done to overcome the horrors of female genital mutilation also known as FGM?
WDN: For generations, marrying off young girls at an early age has been a common practice among Somalis. How widespread is early marriage of girls in your area of influence? Do you think it has become more explosive or is it somehow diminishing? How does early marriage affect girl education in your region?
WDN: Womankind Kenya has become a well-known organization that primarily caters for women and girls living within the margins of society. How have you been able to break barriers and have your voices heard in a Somali patriarchal society?
WDN: What are the major concerns or impediments that you think are hindering the progress of Womankind?
WDN: How is government and tribal politics affecting your organization? And is your organization getting the respect it deserves from the Kenya government?
WDN: What role do you think the anticipated Garissa County Government should play to enhance social development?
WDN: What future plans do you have for developing the living conditions of women?
WDN: Women are the main breadwinners of many Somali households. Given the necessary resources, do you think women in your region can attain self-sufficiency in the future?
WDN: How effective is women participation in politics at the national, regional, and county levels? Do you think women are playing their rightful roles in politics?
WDN: How many educational institutions for women and girls exist in your region?
WDN: How many women political aspirants do you expect to field in the coming county elections?
WDN: Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences with our esteemed readers?
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