AMKA

CREATIVE SPACE FOR WOMEN

AMKA is a Non-governmental national organization, formed in 1997 and registered by the NGO coordination board.

AMKA’s main objective is to give a voice to women by engaging in activities that give space for women and girls’ voices to be heard. Her work is contextualized within local, regional and global conventions on women’s rights and empowerment

AMKA’S main goal is to enhance participation of Kenyan women and girls in governance, economic empowerment and creative expression for sustainable development

AMKA has its offices in Nairobi Kenya and works in several Kenyan Counties including but not limited to Nairobi, Laikipia, Muranga and Nyeri Counties.

 The main beneficiaries of our activities are women, girls and youth and PLWDs.

Our Inception


AMKA is a Kiswahili word for ‘arise’. It is a non-profit, non-partisan organization registered under the Non-Governmental Organizations Co-ordination Act. The organization was formed in 1997 by three Kenyan women who were concerned about the historical injustices suffered by women particularly lack of women’s voices and experiences in social, political and economic spheres both at the local and national level. The formation of AMKA was inspired by the realisation that there was lack of institutional structures to encourage women’s and girl’s involvement and participation in all spheres of life, be it, social-economic, socio-political among others.

Our Inspiration


The formation of AMKA was inspired by the realization that there was lack of institutional structures to encourage women’s and girl’s involvement and participation in all spheres of life, be it, social-economic, socio-political among others. In this respect, therefore, AMKA’s main objective is to give a voice to women by engaging in activities that give space for women and girls’ voices to be heard.. AMKA operates in the informal settlements in Nairobi and the rural areas of Kenya where the vulnerable and marginalized people in the society are found.

Looking Forward


In the last three years a lot has changed socially and politically in Kenya. The progressive and gender responsive provisions contained in the Constitution of Kenya (2010) have resulted in the historic and impressive improvement in numbers of women in both elective and appointive positions after the 2013 elections. A lot of work remains to be done to improve the lot of women in Kenya. Even with the rising numbers of women in Parliament, county assemblies and other decision making organs, the impact is far from satisfactory.