Since the launch of the National campaign towards the prevention and response of GBV in December 2014, the National Gender and Equality Commission is pleased to announce that we have achieved a milestone towards the 3-year campaign: We successfully launched the duty bearer’s handbook on GBV on the 1st of September, at the Laico Regency.

The launch was opened and flanked by the Chairperson of the Commission, Ms. Winfred Lichuma and the Deputy Country Director of UN Women (the UN entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women), Ms. Karin Fueg. They all remarked on the campaign’s ability to spearhead the fight against GBV in the country, and that their hope lies in this first step of the publishing of the handbook that will be disseminated to diverse duty bearers in the coming months through various county reach-out forums.

The NGEC chairs the National Gender-Based Violence Sub-cluster Working Group that convenes on a monthly basis. Comprising of both state and non-state actors, the main aim of the working group is to advocate and develop measures for prevention and response of Gender Based violence in Kenya through seeking enhanced coordination, collaboration and networking between different state and non-state stakeholders to address GBV. With the leadership of the NGEC, the working group has thus sought to address the gaps that exist through the institution of the National campaign: Keeping the promise to End GBV on 10th December 2014.

The overarching goal of the campaign is reduction of GBV through development and implementation of effective and efficient prevention and response strategies. The continued escalation of GBV in the country calls for strategic and decisive prevention and response measures. Awareness and recognition of GBV as a national challenge can only be achieved through targeted and spirited consciousness building initiatives.

Taking place in the first year of the campaign is the first phase, which will focus on holding duty bearers to account. The duty bearers that have been identified for its implementation are: National Government (relevant ministries), County Governments, Judiciary, Prosecutors, Police, Health Workers, Media, Religious leaders, Teachers, and the Private Sector. The specific activities that will take place are the dissemination and sensitization of the duty bearer’s handbook to the various duty bearers identified above, convening county accountability forums and media engagement & publicity discussions for the duration of the campaign. Roll-out begins next month in the counties of Nyeri (7th – 10th) and Kilifi (14th – 17th), supported by GVRC/LVCT Health and Plan International respectively.

The above would not have been possible without the continued support from the members of the National GBV sub-cluster working group, and the technical and logistical support from UN Women. The handbook will be accessible through the NGEC's GBV forum at a later date.

Remember, I can, you can, together, we can end GBV!

You can now download the Duty Bearers handbook on the link below

Last edited 22 October 2015