About Haki Mashinani
Haki Mashinani is a Kenyan NGO that seeks to empower women at the grassroots level by creating awareness on social and legal information and services. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) number 5 on gender equality and number 8 on decent work and economic growth are at the core of what Haki Mashinani wants to achieve.
- To contribute to the eradication of various labor rights violations and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the flower farms;
- To collaborate with relevant stakeholders in supporting structural reforms against labor rights violations and SGBV in flower farms and host communities; and
- To create a safe working environment with equal opportunity for all, free from sexual violence and considerate of employee labor rights.
Tackling sexual harassment in flower farms in Kenya
Haki Mashinani and Workers Rights Watch are partnering to tackle sexual harassment in flower farms in Kenya. In 2015, Workers Rights Watch developed a model sexual harassment workplace policy, aimed at creating participatory and sustainable workplace structures that protect women workers from sexual harassment.
After an initial pilot on seven Kenyan farms, the policy is now being endorsed by the export association Kenya Flower Council and certification body Fairtrade International. The two bodies require that their members comply with standard indicators drawn from the project. This brings in the indirect commitment of at least 105 flower farms.
Haki Mashinani and Workers Rights Watch are contributing with activities aimed at creating awareness about sexual harassment amongst both workers and farmers and advocates for transparent reporting mechanisms and disciplinary action to be taken. Both male and female change ambassadors are identified and trained to highlight the challenges faced by female workers and to champion for their rights, especially amidst male colleagues.
In addition, Haki Mashinani is providing legal aid services and legal representation, and undertaking legal outreach activities through workshops and seminars. In the case where pro-bono services are absent, basic legal training is offered to potential litigants to enable them to effectively and efficiently represent their cases in court. Adoption of this policy by flower farms will result in stronger gender committees, more women in leadership positions, women being in better positions to negotiate a salary and safer workplaces.