COMMISSION ON THE STATUS FOR WOMEN
Created: 16 March 2017
The Council of Governors is taking part in this year’s Commission on the Status for Women at the UN Headquarters, New York. The team led by the H.E. Prof Paul Chepkwony the Chairman Gender Youth Sports, Culture and Social Services and the Secretariat Chief Executive Officer Mrs. Jacqueline Mogeni will showcase the progress made in regards to gender equality and women empowerment.
During a side event co- hosted by Kenya, Argentina, Switzerland, UN-women, ILO and IFAD on Care Policies in the Agenda 2030, H.E. Chepkwony tackled questions on measures put in place by county governments to address the rising informality and non- standard forms of work whilst creating a favorable environment for women workers.
The session sought to know measures put in place in advancing the RRR framework that will Recognize, Reduce and Redistribute unpaid care work. Unpaid care work is a critical factor for understanding structural constraints to women's economic empowerment, participation and leadership more broadly. Worldwide, about 75% of the world's unpaid care work is done by women. In Kenya, both the private and public sector are working together to improve maternal protection and childcare. This is done by enhancing the conditions of young women in the child bearing age. Additionally, the government has put in place policies to address the women in informal enterprises. Partnership with private entities has enhanced the implementation of government programs towards realization of women economic empowerment through; access to government procurement opportunities, Women Enterprise Fund, Uwezo Fund and the Kenya Women Finance Trust.
The discussions brought about different aspects and dimensions of unpaid care work, shared strategies and practical approaches to address them in order to advance the implementation of target 5.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals and demonstrate political commitment to ensure that unpaid work is better accounted for in social and economic policies on global and national level.
The Council of Governors hopes to learn from the best practice shared by other countries in order to improve on the situation on the ground.