Today, Nairobi was the host of the very high powered Generation Equality Forum. The theme was “Harnessing the voice of the youth in ending GBV and harmful practices” The Forum seeks to fuel a powerful and enduring coalition for gender equality, that brings together governments, activists, corporations, feminist organizations, youth and allies to achieve transformative change.
Present at the event were French Ambassador to Kenya, H.E Aline Menager, H.E Min Francisco Romero Bock, Rukaya Mohammed Deputy country rep for UN Women, and Ms Faith Kasiva of Ministry of Public Service and Gender among others.
“As we look forward to the #GenerationEquality Forum in Paris, it’s encouraging to see the Youth at the fore of the generational mind shift to combat #GBV. Intergenerational dialogue key to make gains on the commitments made in Beijing 26yrs ago”, Remarked H.E Aline Menager French Ambassador to Kenya and Somalia.
Ms Martha Kombe, who represented the Straight Talk Foundation made a reference of May 2021 when Kenya debuted a national roadmap on advancing gender equality and ending all forms of GBV and FG by 2026. “These government’s commitment are very crucial in grassroots advocacy”, she noted
The Generation Equality Forum is a global and civil society-centered gathering to revisit the commitments outlined in the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and catalyze transformative action toward gender equality. Convened by UN Women and co-hosted by Mexico and France, the Generation Equality forum has creation “Action Coalitions” to address six key thematic areas.
“It ends with us but starts with me “
GENERATION EQUALITY FORUM: KENYA’S ROADMAP FOR ADVANCING GENDER EQUALITY
The Government of Kenya’s national roadmap on advancing gender equality and ending all forms of GBV and FG by 2026.
READ THE ROADMAPGEF_Kenya_GBV_summary-05.21-web
READ THE GEF SUMMARY BRIEFGEF_Kenya_GBV_summary-05.21-web-1
The brief specifically outlines 12 concrete actions that comprise Kenya’s GEF commitment framework, underpinned by the following pillars outlined by the GEF GBV Action Coalition:
- FINANCING: Increase financing and budgetary allocation for gender-based violence prevention and response, including reform and implementation of laws, policies, and multi-sectoral national action plans in domestic resources across sectors. Kenya commits to increasing resource allocation, sustaining the current allocation in FY2020/2021, and setting up co-financing models to create a pathway towards gender responsive and establish a survivors’ fund and research fund for GBV prevention and response.
- LEADERSHIP & ACCOUNTABILITY: By strengthening accountability on enforcement and implementation of Kenya’s laws, policies, and other commitments on advancing Gender equality and ending all forms of Gender-Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation. Kenya commits to developing an accountability framework for tracking expenditure on the allocated resources for ending all forms of GBV and FGM, and an indicator in the government Performance contracting framework to track duty-bearers accountability on enforcement and implementation of GBV laws and policies by 2022.
- LAWS AND POLICIES: By ratification and implementation of laws and conventions. Kenya commits to ratifying and implementing the ILO Convention 190 on elimination of Gender-Based Violence and Harassment in the world of work by 2026, in close partnership with the private sector.
- DATA: By strengthening the utilization of gender statistics in informing the design, scale-up, and evaluation of FGM and GBV programming. Kenya commits to introducing a module on GBV in the 2022 Kenya Demographic Health Survey and developing a GBV management and information.
- SERVICE DELIVERY: Kenya commits to incorporating GBV prevention and response service provision in the essential minimum package of the Universal Health Coverage UHC by 2022 and scaling up the national police service integrated response to GBV (‘Policare’1). In addition, Kenya commits to establishing Gender-Based Violence Recovery Centers and shelters in all 47 counties by 2026.