The National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC) is a constitutional commission which was established pursuant to Article 59 (4) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, to promote the principles of gender equality and freedom from discrimination. In line with this, one of its key functions is to act as a principle organ of the state in ensuring compliance with all treaties and conventions ratified by Kenya relating to issues of equality and freedom from discrimination and relating to special interest groups including minority and marginalized group, women, youth, children, the elderly, and persons with disability.
The Commission notes with concern the continued escalation of GBV in the country. This calls for strategic and decisive prevention and response measures by all stakeholders. Awareness and recognition of GBV as a national challenge can only be achieved through targeted and spirited consciousness building initiatives. Pursuant to this, NGEC (main convenor) together with the National Gender-Based Violence Sub-cluster Working Group is planning to roll out a 3 year National GBV Campaign ‘Keeping the promise’ and whose theme is ‘Prevent GBV, Protect survivors and Respond’. The campaign will seek to address GBV issues and hold relevant sectors accountable in regards to provision of GBV services. The ultimate goal will be a reduction of GBV through development and implementation of effective and efficient preventive and responsive strategies guided by the national laws, regional and international human rights instruments.
The national campaign seeks to provoke and sustain a transformative shift in perceptions towards GBV from a culture of tolerance and normalization to a new orientation that affirms accountability and sustainable remedies. The platform created through the campaign will explore opportunities for strengthening GBV prevention and response strategies through emerging policy and legislative frameworks and institutions. There is need to interrogate the capacity of various actors to effectively deal with GBV in all its manifestations and align practices with viable strategies and transformative goals. The campaign provides an opportune avenue for sifting through various recommendations and resolutions on GBV.
- To strengthen action and accountability by state and non- state actors on their mandate in relation to GBV work;
- To strengthen implementation of the various policies and legislations on GBV in Kenya through dissemination and awareness creation;
- To assess existing policy, legal and service delivery infrastructure for the prevention and response to GBV in emergencies;
Tentative tag line is ‘keeping the promise in ending GBV’. This is still up for discussion. Kindly share with us any suggestions on the tagline.
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Last edited 20 November 2014