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.
CS SICILY KARIUKI SIGNS A SH1.2 BILLION, 4-YEAR CONTRACT TO END GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
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.”
SICILY K. KARIUKI (MRS), EGH
DEVELOP A SAVING CULTURE", CS KARIUKI ADVISES THE YOUTH
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.