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Wednesday, 27 November 2019 13:43

TRAINING OF GENDER FOCAL PERSONS AT THE COUNCIL

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Gender talks have in the recent past drawn so much traction. Gender issues get rapid, dynamic and complicated as days pass hence more need to bring this issue at the table. It’s against this backdrop that the Gender committee at the Council of Governors organized a training for the gender focal persons on the 19th of November, 2019, at the COG Offices to discuss gender mainstreaming and social accountability.
“When we talk of gender, many of us would naturally peg it on women, which is not a true thing’’, said Migide, the program officer - Gender at the council. “ I am therefore glad that this day has come so that we can unravel some of these things and know that gender is an all-inclusive concept as we delve deeper in to gender mainstreaming”, she continued.
Gender mainstreaming refers to a strategy for making the concerns and experiences of women and men an integral part of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes in all political, economic and societal spheres, so that women and men benefit equally. The ultimate goal of mainstreaming is to achieve gender equality. It is basically a question of: are we gender responsive in all our endeavors? Is it in our language, is it in our roads, and is it in our everyday undertaking?
Whereas there are many other basic tenets in the gender space, there are those that would naturally pop up in any gender conversation including: Gender vs sex; Gender equity vs gender equality where the latter refers to ease of access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender; including economic participation and decision making whereas the former refers fairness of treatment in treatment of women and men according to their respective needs.
“To work effectively on ending violence against women and girls, it is especially important to become familiar with and be responsive to the specific gender dynamics and social an ad cultural reference points that prescribe the roles of men and women in any given society. This requires socio-cultural research and analysis to understand what the norms and expectations are for men and women in any given context and how this might affect the programme, so that interventions can be designed accordingly”, said Mr. Paul Kuria the facilitator, who is also from the National Gender and Equality Commission. Gender analysis refers to a type of socio-economic analysis that uncovers how gender relations affect a development problem. It examines the differences in women's and men's lives, including those which lead to social and economic inequity for women, and applies this understanding to policy development and service delivery.
“If we don’t take guard in the issues pertinent to gender, it might be very easy to forget about them. We are gender champions should match ahead and lead the others. We should also strive to be gender progressive in our endeavors including our individual roles in our homes’’, advised Ms. Mogeni, CEO, Council of Governors, who is also a gender expert.
In this era, any organization both Government, Private and Non-profit must take into consideration Gender sensitive programming into all its programmes and activities. Gender sensitive programming refers to programmes where gender norms, roles and inequalities have been considered and awareness of these issues has been raised, whereas gender progressive programming is where gender norms, roles and inequalities have been considered, awareness raised and something done about it. “Gender sensitive programming is just knowing about gender norms and roles whereas Gender progressive programming is about knowing about the gender issues and doing something about it. Gender progressive programming should therefore be the way to go in order to salvage the gender boat’’, concluded Mrs. Mogeni.
The training equally covered issues on social accountability which is the actions initiated by citizen groups to hold public officials, and service providers to account for their conduct. It also considers their performance in terms of delivering services, improving people's welfare and protecting people's rights. It is important in enhancing the efficiency of public service delivery.
To conclude the training was a gender power walk which served to show that all should be treated equally regardless of their status. Gender is one of the contributors of development and hence should be given the seriousness it deserves.

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