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Government Committed in Eradicating all Forms Gender Based Violence, CS Kariuki.

Government Committed in Eradicating all Forms Gender Based Violence, CS Kariuki.

Gigiri, Nairobi November 2, 2017

Gender violencePublic Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Mrs. Sicily Kariuki, has reiterated government’s endeavour for men, women, girls and boys to realize their rights to equal opportunities in political, social, economic and cultural spheres.

Asserting the Government’s commitment to eradicate all forms of discrimination against women, CS Kariuki said that Kenya has initiated several affirmative measures to redress any disadvantage suffered by women due to past discrimination.

CS Kariuki made the remarks in her Video Conference speech from the United Nations Offices in Gigiri, Nairobi while addressing the occasion of consideration of Kenya’s 8th Periodic Report, at the 68th Session of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women being held at the United Nations Offices in Geneva, Switzerland.

Outlining measures undertaken to ensure gender equality, CS Kariuki noted that over the last 6 years, various laws for implementing gender equality and inclusion have been enacted which include:

The National Gender and Equality Commission Act, 2011;

The Matrimonial Property Act, 2013;

The Marriage Act, 2014;

The Protection from Domestic Violence Act, 2015;

The Land Act, 2012;

The Land Registration Act;

Counter-Trafficking Act - No. 8 of 2010;

The Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Act; 2011;

Amendment of the Sexual Offences Act; 2006;

The Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act NO. 12 of 2011;

The Kenya National Human rights Act, 2012 which is mandated to promote and protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all;

Fair administrative action Act – Act no 4 of 2015, whose mandate is to ensure fair administrative Action for all and:

The Treaty Making and Ratification Act no. 45 of 2012, ensures domestication of International Treaties.

Besides these measurers, the Cabinet Secretary reported that Kenya has witnessed unprecedented transformation in women’s political participation since the promulgation of the Constitution 2010 despite many challenges.

“The Government has strengthened the National Gender Machineries. For the first time in the history of Kenya, a fully-fledged Department of Gender Affairs that is well capacitated, both financially and staffing, has been established”, CS Kariuki stated.

“The Government takes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seriously. We have embarked on the institutionalization of the (SDGs) through the adoption a Cabinet Memorandum that directs all Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies to mainstream the goals in all policy, planning and budgeting processes. This will ultimately ensure that no one is left behind towards the realization of the 2030 agenda on sustainable development.” CS Kariuki added.

On economic empowerment for women, Mrs. Kariuki said the Governments firmly believes in their right to decent work, full and productive employment, implementing SDG 5 and the targets, as vital enablers of women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.

“We have therefore continued to strengthen our Affirmative Action Funds: Women Enterprise Fund, UWEZO (Ability Fund), Youth Enterprise Development Fund as well as the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities. We have endeavoured to increase outreach and facilitated access by women to these life changing initiatives”, Mrs Kariuki noted.

CS Kariuki further noted that under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta, that the 30% government procurement enterprises continues to transform the lives of women, youth and persons living with disability saying 15,000 people, majority of who are women have benefited from tenders worth over Ksh 4 Billion.

The CS observed that the Government in partnership with UN agencies launched a 4 year joint programme meant to accelerate efforts to prevent Gender Based Violence, strengthen protection of its survivors and ensure expeditious prosecution of GBV cases among others.

“Our greatest challenge, however, has been our unsuccessful efforts to enact legislation for the realization of the not more than Two Thirds Gender Principle in the constitution,” Mrs. Kariuki told the delegates.

CS Kariuki stated that the Government is committed to tackle negative patriarchal attitudes in parliament in order to ensure enactment of legislation for realization of the not more than Two Thirds gGnder representation in Parliament is during this parliamentary term.

Mrs Kariuki reiterated Kenya’s commitment to the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women. “Our continued commitment to complying with the reporting mechanisms, procedures and the application of the Convention at the national level is unequivocal” The CS stated in her concluding remarks.. 

During the Video Conference, CS Kariuki was accompanied by Principal Secretary for Gender Affairs, Ms Mwanamaka Mabruki and senior UN and Government officials.

CS Kariuki Launches Crucial Strategic Documents For Public Service Transformation

CS Kariuki Launches Crucial Strategic Documents For Public Service Transformation
Nairobi May 23, 2017

Four crucial strategic documents for Public Service transformation have been launched today by the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Mrs. Sicily Kariuki at the Kenya School of Government.

Speaking when she officially presided over the event, CS Kariuki said the documents aim at ensuring that public Service is well managed and delivers quality services to the public in line with the provision of the constitution.

Giving her keynote address, CS Kariuki applauded all stakeholders who made it possible for the documents and assured the attendees that, her Ministry would continue to develop sound strategies and polices towards improving service delivery at both levels of the Governments.

On the challenges of succession management, Mrs. Kariuki noted that the framework aims at developing a pool of successors that supports knowledge transfer and employee development at all levels in both National and County Public Services.

“It is also the expectation that following today’s launch, Human Resource Planning will be introduced in the Performance Management Framework at both levels of the Government and integrated in the subsequent annual performance contract guidelines for the National Government for integration by the various Ministries, Counties, Departments and Agencies,” CS Kariuki said.
The four strategic documents developed and launched by the Ministry are:
1. The Human Resource Planning andSuccessionManagement strategy
2. The PublicServiceSubstanceAbuseWorkplacepolicy
3. A reviewedPublic-Sector Workplace policy on HIV and AIDS
4. The Public Service Guidance and Counselling policy.

The Human Resource Planning Succession Management Strategy provides a framework to address the challenges currently being experienced in the Public Service and which have constrained efforts to deliver services at optimal levels. One of these challenges is succession management. This is manifested by inadequate human resource planning; staffing gaps at higher levels; ageing workforce; poor career management; high staff turnover in key cadres; and shortage of critical skills and competences.
The strategy aims at developing a pool of potential successors and encouraging a culture that supports knowledge transfer and employee development in the National and County Public Service.
The Public Service Substance Abuse Workplace policy was developed using the National Authority for the Campaign Against Drugs Abuse guidelines and is aimed at providing a uniform and standardized approach in prevention and management of substance abuse in the Public Service.

The reviewed Public Service Guidance and Counselling and Public Sector Workplace HIV and AIDS policies sets out standards and guidelines on the provision of Counselling and HIV and AIDS Services in the Ministries, Counties, Departments and Agencies. The review was necessitated by the need to incorporate County Governments and emerging other issues. The two policies have been aligned to the Kenya Counsellors and Psychologists Act, 2014 and Kenya AIDS Strategic Framework 2014/15-2018/19, respectively.

Ministries, Counties, Departments and Agencies are encouraged to implement the strategy and policies to improve the service delivery.

The development of the four documents is a culmination of the Capacity Assessment and Rationalization of the Public Service, (CARPS), whose overall objective is to ensure that Government functions are properly structured and staffed to facilitate transformation of the Public Service for efficient and effective service delivery at both levels of government.

In concluding her remarks, CS Kariuki urged all players to fully implement the Strategy and Policies for the realization of desired objectives.
Others who spoke were Public Service Commission chairperson Prof. Margaret Kobia, Salaries and Remuneration Commission Chair Sarah Serem, Principal Secretary for Public Service and Youth Affairs, Lillian Mbogo-Omollo and the Kenya School of Government Director General Dr Ludeki Chweya.

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CS Kariuki encourages 2017 KCPE and KCSE candidates

CS Kariuki ExamsCS Kariuki encourages 2017 KCPE and KCSE candidates

Public Service, Youth and Genders Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Mrs Sicily Kariuki has wished success to this year's KCPE and KCSE candidates ahead of their examinations which kick off today across the country.

Mrs Kariuki,who visited Kasarini Primary School and Kiambu High School in Kiambu County, assured the candidates that the Government, through the Ministry of Education, has put in place measures to ensure that nothing distracts them during this examination period.

“My interaction with you is to witness the commencement and the level of preparedness of the National Examinations and to instil confidence in you so as to pass and shatter the ceiling glass to succeed in your future endeavours", CS Kariuki told the candidates.
"As we have gone through a turbulent political season culminating in re-electing President Uhuru Kenyatta with overwhelming votes, I convey the President's best wishes to you and his assurance to the Kenyan youth of mandatory internship of University graduates to equip them with needed skills as they enter into the job markets" the CS added.

She encouraged the candidates to be courageous during the entire examination process. The CS further urged the students to maintain high standards of discipline, determination and to avoid engaging in anti-social behaviours in order to be responsible citizens.

“Do not be possessed by the spirit of evil and confusion brought about by peer pressure and instead be masters of your own to determine your future success," CS Kariuki advised.
The KCSE candidates have been undertaking practical examinations which will end on Thursday while the main ones are scheduled from 6th to 30th November. Rehearsals are set for November 3.

Mrs. Kariuki was accompanied by Regional Education Coordinator Mr. Barongo and Kiambu County Education Director Mr. Abdirahman among other County Teachers Service Commission officials.

On arrival at Kiambu High School, CS Kariuki was received by the School Principal, Mr. Solomon Maina.

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