Government Committed in Eradicating all Forms Gender Based Violence, CS Kariuki.
Gigiri, Nairobi November 2, 2017
Public 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.