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200 Makonde youths enlisted in the Youth Empowerment programme

200 Makonde youths enlisted in the Youth Empowerment programme
Msambweni, May 13, 2017

Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Mrs. Sicily Kariuki has revealed that 200 youths from the Kenya’s 43rd tribe, the Makonde, have been included in the enlisted 900 cohorts recruited in Msambweni National Youth Service (NYS) Youth Empowerment Programme.

CS Kariuki who was accompanied by her counterparts, CS Mwangi Kiunjuri for Devolution and Planning, CS Eugene Wamwala, Water and Irrigation and CS Dan Kazungu from Mining, said that this is the first time in history of the country that the programme has registered the Makonde youth.

Noting that this has been possible due to the visionary leadership of H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta, CS Kariuki reaffirmed that the Jubilee administration has surpassed the previous governments in terms of development adding that it has achieved a lot within a period of less than five years.
Mrs. Kariuki made the remarks when she officially launched the Youth Empowerment Programme at Sawasawa grounds in Msambweni, Kwale County.
Responding to a request from local leaders to ensure the Makonde youths are also enlisted in the forthcoming Kenya Defence Forces recruitment drive across the country, CS Kariuki promised to consult her Defence counterpart with a view to consider their wishes.

Enumerating the development record of the government, CS Kariuki acknowledged that mega developments have evidently been spread across the country regardless of the regions political alignment.

At the same time, CS Kariuki disbursed Ksh 8.9 million in support of various women groups from the Women Enterprise Fund adding that the fund has issued Ksh32 million in the county alone since its inception. The CS also noted that the Youth Enterprise Development Fund had disbursed over Ksh57 million in the county.

“Taking up these opportunities will ensure that you are able to start and develop something of your own that will uplift not only yourself but the community in which you live in. You have the potential, the energy and creativity all of which are ingredients of an entrepreneur,’’ CS Kariuki told the residents.

Unlike the "Kazi kwa Vijana" programme undertaken previously and allegedly benefited older people instead of the intended youth, Mrs. Kariuki reiterated that the current one is genuine and urged the youth to safeguard it. She affirmed that this programme has tremendously transformed livelihoods of thousands of youths across the country, citing the over Ksh.1.7 billion saved in various youth SACCOs for their benefit.

During the Function, the CSs also distributed famine relief food to Kwale residents.

CS Kiunjiri assured the cohorts and residents who attended the event that food crisis in the country will soon be a thing of the past. He told the residents that maize imported by the government to mitigate the situation was being off-loaded at Kilindini harbour and would be in the market soon.

On his part, Water and irrigation CS Wamalwa said that the government has put into place elaborate strategies to end perennial water shortage in the coast region and the entire country at large. Mining CS Dan Kazungu appealed to the residents not to gamble with their lives and instead elect visionary and progressive leaders rooting for the continuity of the Jubilee administration.

Others who addressed the gathering included; Kwale County Governor Hon.Salim Mvurya, MP for Kinango Hon. Ngozi Rai, MP for Lunga Lunga Hon. Khatib Mwashetani, Kwale Woman Representative Zeinabu Chidzuga and Director General, NYS Dr. Richard Ndubai.

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CS Kariuki signs a Ksh 1.2 billion contract to end Gender Based Violence

CS Kariuki signs a Ksh 1.2 billion contract to end Gender Based Violence
Nairobi April 21, 2017
Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Mrs. Sicily Kariuki on Friday signed a four year GOK/UN Joint Programme contract worth Ksh 1.2 billion with UN resident coordinator, Siddharth Chatterjee, on Prevention and Response to gender based violence.
Speaking during the signing ceremony at her Harambee House Office, CS Kariuki said Kenya has robust policies and laws on gender based violence.
“Kenya has the requisite legislative framework to address GBV, indeed as a country we are signatories to the international and regional human rights framework that aims to prevent and respond to GBV,” CS Kariuki said.
Noting that GBV cuts across all gender, race and religion, the Cabinet Secretary revealed that children, women, persons with disabilities and the elderly are more vulnerable to experience the vice.
On his part, Mr. Chatterjee said several national counterparts and participating UN organizations had joined hands to partner with the Government.
The Government of Kenya and UN partnership seeks to address the persisting gaps and challenges which include; creating high level of awareness on GBV among our community, accelerating efforts to eliminate it through improving legislative and policy environment, ensuring favorable social norm and improved utilization of quality essential GBV services.
The Joint Programme also aims to enhance prevention, protection of survivors, and expeditious prosecution of cases and implement sustainable programmes through partnership with all non-state actors.
Also present during the ceremony were newly appointed Gender PS, Mwanamaka Mabruki and UNWomen Country Representative, Zebib Kavuma among other senior UN and Government officials.

NAIROBI April 21, 2017
The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, CS SICILY KARIUKI has signed a new Sh1.2billion contract with the UN Resident Coordinator, SIDDHARTH CHATTERJEE.

The 4-year contract, a GOK/UN Joint Program on Prevention and Response to Gender Based Violence (GBV) (2017-2020) has a budget of USD. 11.5 Million (Sh1.2 Billion).
Speaking at the signing ceremony, CS Kariuki said that Kenya has robust policies and laws that seek to PREVENT and RESPOND to Gender Based Violence (GBV).

“Kenya has the requisite legislative framework to address GBV, indeed as a country we are signatories to the international and regional human rights framework that aims to prevent and respond to GBV. However, statistics show that GBV remains one of the most pervasive human rights violations in Kenya. We have to change this, CS Kariuki said”

The 2014 Kenya Demographic Health Survey found that 45 % of women and 44% of men age 15-49 have experienced physical violence since the age 15 and 20% and 12% respectively have experienced physical violence within the 12 months prior to the survey. It was also noted that GBV cuts across class, race, age, ethnic and social origins, gender and religion.

Children, women, persons with disabilities and the elderly are more vulnerable to experience GBV. At the same time, GBV may increase people’s vulnerability to HIV infection.

The consequences of GBV are grave. Apart from GBV survivors’ human rights being violated, they have to direct their resources in seeking medical, legal and psychosocial services. Family members of GBV survivors spend disproportionate time and resources to secure reprieve for GBV survivors. At national level GBV penalises Kenyan economy as working hours are lost, and financial resources are directed towards mitigating the cost of GBV.

Speaking at the same ceremony, the UN Kenya Resident Coordinator, Siddharth Chatterjee said several national counterparts and participating UN organisations had joined hands to partner with the Government.

“The partners involved in this initiative include the UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNICEF, FAO, UNESCO, WFP, ILO, UN Women, WHO, UNDP, IOM, UNHCR, UN HABITAT and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR,” Mr Chatterjee said. “
This GOK/UN partnership has undertaken measures to prevent and respond to GBV including development and adoption of requisite policy, enactment of pertinent legislation, provision of technical support and capacity-building of service providers, advocacy campaigns and creation of awareness.”

The GOK/UN partnership will seek to address the persisting gaps and challenges in prevention and response to GBV. These challenges include;
1. High levels of unawareness on GBV in community, lack of knowledge on service providers that are working around GBV, persisting cultural practices and social norms on GBV thus significantly impairing Prevention of GBV.
2. Inadequate Protection of GBV survivors prior to trial, during trial and after trial.
3. Slow Prosecution of GBV cases due to poor investigations, absence of legal aid to survivors, inadequate capacity and resources to law enforcement agencies that would enable to effectively discharge their mandate.
4. Weak Programming on GBV prevention and response at both national and county levels as they are limited in terms of geographic scope, short-term in nature, service- providers are not well resourced and services for GBV survivors are varied in terms of quality.
5. Weak Partnership on efforts to prevent and respond to GBV that is evident through duplication of activities, inadequate use of existing data on GBV, and lack of empirical and cogent monitoring and evaluation framework at both national and county level.
“The GOK/UN partnership seeks to tackle these gaps and challenges through a four (4) year Programme on Prevention and Response Gender based Violence in Kenya,” added CS Kariuki.

“The overall goal of this programme is to accelerate efforts towards the elimination of GBV; we have three (3) specific outcomes – firstly to improve Kenya’s legislative and policy environment, secondly to ensure Kenya has favourable social norms, attitudes and behaviours at Institutional, community and individual levels and thirdly we will seek to improve the utilisation of quality essential GBV services,” she said.

“The joint GOK/UN program aims to enhance PREVENTION, strengthen PROTECTION of survivors, ensure expeditious PROSECUTION of GBV cases and implement strong sustainable PROGRAMMES that are well resourced and implemented through PARTNERSHIP with non-state actors.”

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Youth across the country have been advised to adopt a saving culture for a better future.
Addressing NYS cohorts in Kinango town and at Baraza Park in Matuga, Kwale County during the launch of the NYS Youth Empowerment Programme, Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Mrs Sicily Kariuki called upon the youth to develop a saving culture for them to create a youth economy.
"I urge you to develop a saving culture and avoid harmful engagements that can affect you negatively and destroy your future", CS Kariuki advised.
The Cabinet Secretary reaffirmed the Government's commitment towards empowering the youth and women through various affirmative action initiatives.
CS Kariuki advised the youth to be peace ambassadors and not to be misused by politicians during this campaign and electioneering period.
She also took the opportunity to implore Members of Parliament to pass the Two Thirds Gender Bill so as to ensure gender parity in leadership and other positions as stipulated in the constitution.
Kwale Women Representative Zainab Chidzuga, who accompanied the CS during her itinerary, lauded the government for the efforts towards addressing youth challenges.
Kinango MP Gonzi Rai thanked the government for its development programmes in the region citing the ongoing construction of roads such as Samburu- Kinango-Kwale as a major milestone that will uplift the economic standards of the region through easy movement of goods and services.
Concerning the Affirmative Action Funds, Mrs Kariuki appealed to the youth who are not absorbed into the NYS programme to organize themselves in groups so as to benefit from interest free loans and start businesses thus creating employment so as to transform their livelihoods.
“Taking up these opportunities will ensure that you are able to start and develop something of your own that will uplift, not only yourself, but the community in which you live in. You have the potential, the energy and creativity, all of which are ingredients of an entrepreneur,’’ she added.
CS Kariuki also disbursed loans to various youth and women groups in the two constituencies before flagging off earth moving machinery to be used for construction works in Kwale county.
During the visit, CS Kariuki was accompanied by Kinango MP Gonzi Rai and County Women Representative Zainab Chidzuga among other leaders who pledged to support government initiatives in the county and the country at large.
Later, CS Kariuki visited the Kenya School of Government, Matuga campus where she called on public servants to work as a team and be non-partisan in delivering government services to the people.Develop a saving culture

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CS Kariuki insists on teamwork for service delivery in the Ministry

CS Kariuki insists on teamwork for service delivery in the Ministry

Nairobi May 10, 2017

Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Mrs. Sicily Kariuki today held a round table meeting with the Chairpersons and CEOs of the Ministry's Semi-Autonomous Agencies (SAGAs) where she was briefed on the progress of the quarterly Performance Contract.

Giving a score card of their achievements on the past performances, the officers assured the CS that they will forge a cohesive approach so as to improve service delivery to the citizens and also help the Ministry’s achieve its mandate.

Emphasizing on the need to improve efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery, CS Kariuki urged the SAGAs to create synergy in order to have a greater impact from their activities.

She appealed to the entities to follow the laid down procedures in addressing whatever challenges that may crop up and seek guidance so as to be able to serve the public better and at the same time meet their set goals.

The meeting also deliberated on strategic issues, benchmarking amongst themselves and the need to work in an interlinked approach in support of Government agenda.

In conclusion, CS Kariuki underscored the importance of accountability and openness in service delivery noting that it is the core value for achieving optimal results.

The Cabinet Secretary was accompanied by Principal Secretary responsible for Gender Affairs Ms. Mwanamaka Mabruki.

In attendance were officials from the Women Enterprise Fund (WEF), Uwezo Fund, Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF) and the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF), Kenya School of Government and National Youth Council.

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CS Kariuki urges Parliament to pass the Two-Thirds Gender-Rule

CS Kariuki urges Parliament to pass the Two-Thirds Gender-Rule
Nairobi May 8, 2017
Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Mrs. Sicily Kariuki has appealed to legislators to pass the two-thirds gender rule when Parliament resumes business on Tuesday 9th May, 2017 after recess.
CS Kariuki expressed her disappointment that the Constitutional two-thirds gender rule had not been achieved saying it is the cause of underrepresentation of women in decision-making processes and called for a comprehensive approach to pass the bill.
The CS made the remarks when she presided over the launch of the National Strategy for Greater Participation of Women in Political Leadership at a Nairobi Hotel, on Monday.
Lobbying for support of the passage of the bill, CS Kariuki said both houses have not adhered to the two-third gender principle and attempts to pass the Gender Bill to address the gender gap have failed twice on the floor of both houses.
Rooting for more women participation in politics, Mrs. Kariuki lauded the recent directive by the Judiciary for Parliament to pass the gender rule Bill as a great milestone.
“Women are glad that the Speaker of the National Assembly has come up with a working formula to ensure the Bill is passed by the Eleventh Parliament. The recent pronouncement by H.E the President that Mps had a responsibility to work together and ensure that the bill is passed so that women can take their rightful place in society as equal partners is evidence of the current administration’s commitment to women empowerment,” CS Kariuki said.
She reminded attendees of remarkable progress that has been made with regard to the inclusion of women in key decision making positions.
“Ever since the election of the first woman parliamentarian Hon Grace Onyango in 1969, the concerted efforts of many stakeholders have continued to bear fruits and todays women are luckier, the constitution of Kenya 2010, with a strong Bill of Rights on diversity, inclusion and affirmative provisions has opened greater avenues for women participation,” said the CS.
CS Kariuki added that the quest for women’s greater representation requires a holistic and integrated approach across all sectors.
Later, at a Press briefing, CS Kariuki revealed that her Ministry in collaboration with the European Union has released a strategy which aims to strengthen the participation of women in politics.
CS Kariuki noted the strategy is application of soft diplomacy to ensure that political parties review their policies and framework to ensure that women can meaningfully participate in party activities both as leaders in party structures and as members.
On his part, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery assured participants that the Government will play its role to ensure the campaign and election environment is peaceful and that women campaign on equal platform.
He added that the ministry will use all machinery at its disposal to provide security for all Kenyans and women political candidates in particular to ensure that peace prevails and are free from harassment and intimidation.
Meanwhile, EU Ambassador, Stefano Dejak said the European Union is working with stakeholders to complement efforts to help improve women representation in decision making.
“Women have a right to equal participation. Evidence shows that when women are given equal opportunities and access to resources and to decision-making, communities are more prosperous and peaceful. EU wants to assist partners in effectively using this significant transformative potential,” he added.
The forum was attended by eminent women leaders, Prof. Julia Ojiambo and Senator Zipporah Kitony representatives from women organizations, civil society groups, private sector and government institutions.
Others were Members of European Parliament currently visiting the country led by Mr. Peterie Alojz who is also former Prime Minister of Slovenia.

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