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Inter-Governmental consultative forum on gender

inter govt forumThe Council of Governors jointly with the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs organized the Intergovernmental Forum on Gender held from 6th – 7th June, 2017 at Enashipai Resort and Spa, Naivasha. The forum was aimed at addressing issues of policy, legislative, programs/projects and coordination mechanism.


The Forum brought together top leadership from the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs led by the Cabinet Secretary – Ms. Sicily Kariuki and Principal Secretary – Ms. Mwanamaka Mabruki, H.E Prof. Paul Chepkwony, Chairman of the CoG Sectoral Committee on Gender and Governor of Kericho County and County Executive Members in charge of Gender, Youth and Sports from various Counties, County Directors in charge Gender and UN Women led by the Country Director – Ms. Zebib Kavuma.
In her opening remarks, Principal Secretary, State Department of Gender Affairs, Mwanamaka Mabruki (CBS) urged County Governments to develop home grown socio-economic empowerment programmes and initiatives targeting those of low socio-economic and political strata including collaborative efforts in the prevention of and response to Gender Based Violence (GBV). In an effort to address the vice, the Ministry launched the National Policy for Prevention and Response to Gender Based Violence.
The Chairperson of the County Executive Committee Members (CECM) in charge of Gender Caucus, Hon. (Rev) Magdalene Nduta, reiterated the County Governments commitment to working together with national government at the county level with the need to establish structures to relate with National Government at the county level. In addition, she emphasized the need by the National Government to build the capacity of the gender staff and to move with speed to develop national policies and legislations to provide framework for advancing the gender equality and women’s empowerment at the county level.
Country Director, UN Women, Ms. Zebib Kavuma, commended the Cabinet Secretary and the Council of Governors Chairperson of the Sectoral Committee on Gender for their leadership in convening the Forum, which is in line with the letter and spirit of the Kenyan constitution which recognized that while both the National and County governments are functionally distinct and interdependent, they have conducted their inter-governmental relations on the basis of consultation and cooperation. Zebib noted that there had been a tremendous improvement in coordination between the two levels of government towards the attainment of policy goals and standards in various sectors.
Sicily K. Kariuki (Mrs.) EGH, MBS, CBS, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, thanked the Council of Governors for fully supporting this initiative and the County Governments for their unwavering enthusiasm to deepen devolution in line with Country’s national aspirations.
The CS, Ms. Kariuki recognized the contribution of the Development Partners for their continued support to the cause of women’s empowerment and gender equality, adding that her Ministry has strived to implement a number of specific measures in the advancement of women’s empowerment. Some of these measures include constitutional quotas with regard to women’s representation in assemblies and appointments in public positions; enhancement of education and health; and the expansion of job opportunities through extension of credit and enterprise development.
In his address, H.E Prof. Paul Chepkwony, Chairman of the CoG Sectoral Committee on Gender and Youth affirmed that the County Governments, through the Council have been strongly supported gender equality programmes aimed at empowering the youth and women of this nation with increased investment in education. Governor Chepkwony lauded the Council for their efforts in ensuring that partnership with the UN Women in specific areas of planning and budgeting with respect to women, youth and persons with disability has enabled us to provide capacity building to County Officers in the finance department and gender department in areas of Gender responsive budgeting .
Kwale CEC for Education, Youth, Gender, Sports, Culture and Social Services, Hon. Patrick Mutsami, spoke on the various county gender programs such as the economic empowerment programs which provide affordable loan schemes targeting women youth and People with disabilities, sports, culture and tourism programs which aim at identifying talent development in the areas of sports music and arts, Health programs, Education programs which provides for scholarships and bursary programs targeting both the boy and girl child, Social Programs which provides for support to the elderly, orphans and Capacity Building programs such as training of county government staff on gender mainstreaming.
The Forum agreed on the following key resolutions: a joint intergovernmental gender sector structure, sharing of the work plan of the Joint Program on GBV, finalize the Gender Monitoring and Evaluation Framework with input from County Governments.
The Forum ended with a way forward to have more similar intergovernmental Culture and Sports and Education.

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