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County Data CountsThe Council of Governors in partnership with the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) and with support from UN Women on 6th August 2019 launched the Gender Data Sheets at the Intercontinental Hotel.

Kenya is still facing challenges in socioeconomic development specifically in weak policies technical challenges in data handling & lack of access to data to inform development programs which are addressed by the datasheet. The chief guest Deputy Governor Kajiado County, H.E Martin Moshisho Martine, in his address emphasized that the data currently available to Counties cannot be used to make decisions especially in strengthening policies that support gender moainstreaming in our counties. “Inclusion of the needs of all Kenyans, regardless of their gender, in development programming is a key step towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals leading to the call “Leaving No One Behind” he said.

The exercise of compiling County specific gender data sheets for the pilot project commenced in September 2018 in ten counties - Baringo, Kisumu, Kakamega, Turkana, Kitui, Kilifi, Bomet, Kirinyaga, Marsabit and Meru. The projects was to ensure that gender mainstreaming efforts are deepened to institutionalize the gender function at the County level and focused on several components ranging from Population per household, health, Education, leadership and gender equality index among other revealing gender disparities.

Council of Governors CEO Jacqueline Mogeni in her address expressed her pleasure in the Council’s participation in the development of the gender data sheets exercise as the information will help counties plan better moving forward. “This exercise has come at the opportune time. Counties are expected to inform gender mainstreaming strategies during the mid-term review of the County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs) 2018-2022 which will take place in 2020,” She said. During her address, she informed participants that through the gender committee, the Council is working with County Governments to streamline gender into open government commitments including a focus on political participation & holding governments accountable for the treatment & status of women& girls.

The Global Gender Gap Report 2017 ranks Kenya at number 76 out of 144 globally with significant inequalities between males and females in education attainment health outcomes, representation in parliamentary, participation in the labor market among other spheres. The Gender Data Sheets empower the counties remedy these inequalities and subsequently result in the improved standards of living for their residents.

The Data Sheets will also allow counties to incorporate considerations in commitment & opportunities to integrate a gender focus when designing commitments like gender-disaggregated data for specific public services. Most importantly the data empowers counties to understand effects of commitments like how many of their commitments are explicitly gender- mainstreamed verses

which commitments have differential gender impacts and how these impacts might be mitigated

In 2018, Kenya committed to set aside 30 percent of public procurement opportunities for women, youth, and people with disabilities. With Gender-Disaggregated Data counties can easily plan to fulfill this commitment and increase diversity in economic participation by reducing challenges that might limit women & underrepresented groups bidding on procurement opportunities. Gender and planning County officers were encouraged to champion the need to have more County-specific disaggregated data on the allocation and uptake of affirmative action funds as an indicator of socio-economic development. Furthermore counties can use the Gender-Disaggregated data on County leadership to monitor trends in electoral patterns so as to allow involvement of more women in elective leadership posts.

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