Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Gender mainstreaming with support from UN women

UnWomenCoGThe Council of Governors has been partnering with UN Women Kenya Country Office (KCO) to mainstream gender at the Secretariat and the Counties in the last two years. This was based on the needs and gaps identified with regards to gender inequality and women empowerment at the county level. This has been undertaken through the project “Effective Implementation of the Gender Functions at the County Level”. The Council of Governors is seeking a cost extension on the project for a further period of two years October 2017- October 2019.
The Council of Governors held an Inter-Agency technical meeting to deliberate upon the specific areas of priorities and support in the context of the new phase of planning both at national and county levels. Ms. Maureen Gitonga from the UN Women KCO advised that the next phase should take into consideration in aligning the activities to the Kenya’s Vision 2030 and Medium Term Plan III Gender Chapter flagship projects. Gender, Youth and Vulnerable Group Sector is one of the key sectors that are expected to drive the agenda of the Kenya Vision 2030. This Sector Plan: 2013 – 2017 was aimed at ensuring Equity in Access, Control and Participation in Resource Distribution for Improved Livelihood of Women, Youth and Vulnerable Groups”. This is expected to promote socio-economic empowerment of youth, women and vulnerable groups in the society.

The gender mainstreaming efforts by the Council will be aligned to these plans that prioritizes gender agenda especially MTP III (2018 – 2022) gender flagships projects. These flagships projects includes financial inclusion, prevention and response to gender based violence, community development and empowerment, gender responsive planning and budgeting women in leadership and women’s economic empowerment.
The design of the next phase of the partnership between the Council of Governors and UN Women KCO will adopt an intergovernmental approach and anchored in the results of the last agreement such as the findings of the County Gender Rapid Assessment. For the sake of sustainability of the project, it will factor in a lessons learnt approach to ensure that all stakeholders can share best practices and learning derived from the last two years of cooperation. The Council of Governors will be having further consultations with Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Kenya School of Government and the State Department of Gender Affairs among others to fine tune the project document. This will advance the issues of County Statistical Abstract, Women in Leadership Program, capacity building and policy directive for Gender Responsive Budgeting, induction meetings and Inter-County learning modelled on the South to South Cooperation.

In conclusion, the need for strengthened coordination needs to be underscored to tap into the opportunity presented by the proposed Intergovernmental Gender Sector Structure that brings the two levels of government. The mechanism is to provide a platform for consultation and cooperation among stakeholders in the gender sector; to make recommendations on policy matters in the gender sector; and to create a linkage between the two levels of government for effective coordination within the gender sector.



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