Education Centre for Women in Democracy, Nairobi,Kenya

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Education Centre for Women in Democracy, Nairobi,Kenya
Street address: ECWD, Ndemi Close, Off Ndemi Road, Off Ngong Road
City: Nairobi
Country: Kenya
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Location coordinates: 1° 16' 60" S, 36° 49' 0" E
Contact number: +254 2 570 386
Contact email:
Target: Women
Organization type: National NGO (operating countrywide or advocating at the national level)
Sectors: Human Rights, Leadership, Political Participation/Governance
Year founded/registered: 1993


The Education Centre for Women in Democracy was founded and registered as an offical Kenyan organization in July 1993. The centre's mission is to act in a non-partisan manner to assist women aspiring to political office at all levels.


ECWD Vision

A well-structured society that is socially, politically and economically developed, with the full and equal participation of women and men in leadership and decision-making Our Mission

To increase the presence of women in leadership and decision-making positions, with a focus on quality and capacity and to work towards the creation of a more conducive social, political, economic and democratic and environment for the equal participation of women. Our History

The Education Centre for Women in Democracy (ECWD) was founded as a society on July 22, 1993 by women who contested in Kenya’s first multiparty General Elections in 1992, in response to the frustrations caused by women’s absence and exclusion from decision-making positions, and by the lack of vehicular support structures for women seeking such positions. ECWD subsequently registered as a non-profit and non-partisan Non-Governmental Organization for women in politics, public life and decision-making on August 22, 1996. ECWD holds Consultative (Roster) Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC).


  1. To enhance awareness about women as mainstream political players
  2. To improve public perception and reception of women rights and issues
  3. To identify and build capacity of potential women leaders
  4. To promote unity among women leaders and build their capacity as effective leaders
  5. To promote the participation of younger women in public life and leadership
  6. To promote coordination and networking among like-minded organizations nationally and regionally
  7. To intensify and strengthen women's human rights, civic and voter education initiatives for the masses


  • Enhancing awareness about women as mainstream political players; building the self-esteem and confidence of women as leaders in society; de-mystifying politics for all women and providing support for women leaders at all levels.
  • Strengthening civic education initiatives for purposes of encouraging communities to make informed choices
  • Promoting the upholding and respect for women’s human rights through human rights education and legal empowerment of communities
  • Networking and strategic partnerships
  • Advocating and lobbying for a conducive social, political, economic and democratic society for women’s equal participation
  • Supporting and lobbying for peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution as well as encouraging international cooperation and the abolition of all forms of oppression, racism, chauvinism, sexism, social bigotry, exploitation and discrimination.
  • Promoting holistic approaches to civil, political rights & freedoms, social and economic rights


The national department has three programmes these are:

  • Preventive Human Rights Education (PHRE) Paralegal Programme
  • Civic Education for Societal Transformation (CEST) Programme
  • Women In Public Life (WIPL) Programme

ECWD's activities are carried out among rural and urban communities and at national and regional levels. The activities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Capacity-building for women leaders and aspirants
  • Women’s human rights education
  • Civic education at community level
  • Community mobilization
  • Training workshops and seminars (e.g. for community-based human rights educators and policy makers)
  • Development and publication of resource materials and awareness creation through the media
  • Research and information dissemination on women’s human rights issues

What does ECWD do?

ECWD works in an inclusive and non-partisan manner with women and communities at local, national and regional level to address political, social economic and governance concerns that affect women. They provide practical assistance and support to women seeking greater decision-making involvement at all levels. They seek to broaden participation in, and knowledge about political activities by women at all levels by strengthening civic and human rights education and sharpening the focus on issues of national importance. They build the capacities of communities to engage in effective and participatory governance at all levels.Their grassroots work helps us to develop our knowledge and experience of the causes and effects of women’s marginalisation in decision-making and development and the impact this has on individuals, communities and countries.

This knowledge and understanding is used to develop approaches and programme initiatives, and allows us to influence local and national governments and international institutions to protect and promote women’s participation in decision-making at these levels.

Where do they work?

At the national level, ECWD works in 23 districts spread across 7 provinces of Kenya. However, they reach out to all other parts of Kenya through their media programs. Regionally, ECWD works with like-minded organizations, institutions and individuals in six countries of the Greater East Africa region. These countries are Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. ECWD has its head office in Nairobi, which coordinates and services all its national and regional programmes.

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