FAWE Kenya is a membership organization whose members include ministers of education, university vice-chancellors, education policy-makers, researchers, gender specialists and human rights activists.
Our organization structure comprises a Regional Secretariat headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and National Chapters operating in 33 countries across Africa. Our governance structure comprises an 11-member Executive Committee and General Assembly.
The governing body of FAWEK is the General Assembly of Members which elects an Executive Committee constituted by nine (9) members referred to as Board of Directors that provides policy guidance and oversight. The current Board of Directors comprise of eight (8) Women and one (1) man, led by Prof. Genevieve Mwayuli PhD, as the chairperson. Prof. Mwayuli is a leading educationist in Kenya, and one of the few women at the peak of academics in Africa.
Under the Board of Directors is the National Secretariat with Headquarters in Nairobi, and vested the duty of running FAWEK day-to-day operations. The National Secretariat is headed by the Chief Executive Officer, who also coordinates all the regions. The current CEO is Ms. Teresa A. Otieno, has more than 11 years of experience leading, coordinating, operationalizing strategies into action, and managing donor-funded development programmes especially education and health in Kenya. As a member of the Executive Team, she provides strategic leadership in program management, implementation and builds the capacity of the organization in the areas of strategic planning, leadership, institutional governance, and identify and develop partnerships that support collaboration and learning on enhancing interventions directed to the marginalized population especially women and girls. Teresa has indebt experience working with the Kenya government especially the Ministry of Education in areas of policy development, curriculum reform and research. Similarly, Teresa embraces a rights-based participatory approach to development, focusing on empowering women, girls, youth, and persons living with disabilities of all ages.
FAWEK currently has a total of 17 fulltime staff, 15 volunteers and 6 interns all serving in different project and in the regions. The National Secretariat is supported by a pool of associate consultants, most of who are among the 600 members spread in at least 20 counties in Kenya. Zonal Focal Persons implements FAWEK’s mandate at local level (in their respective zones). The members and associate consultants have varied technical expertise in different fields, including Education, Environment, Governance, Gender & Development, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, Reproductive Health and Nutrition, Human Rights, organizational capacity assessment and development, peace and conflict management.