THE UN VISION ON GENDER
In Kenya, our vision is to contribute towards the achievement of gender equality by 2018. The UN’s investment is driven by a theory of change that is centered around the following:
• The creation of an enabling policy, legal, and institutional environment
• Social transformation to address the sociocultural drivers of gender inequality
• Investing in women’s empowerment and women’s movements, which will drive their full economic and political participation
It builds on the work and results achieved under the Government of Kenya –UN Joint Programme on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment which run from 2009 to 2015.
A joint government–UN workplan on gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) ensures that UN interventions on GEWE are relevant, effective, and accountable. Capacity development on gender for UN staff and partners will complement the Delivering as One on gender approach.
DELIVERING AS ONE ON GENDER
Gender equality is one of the key UN Development Group programming principles which guides the work of the United Nations. Within the UN system, UN Women was established in 2010 to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
In Kenya, the UNDAF articulates several results related to gender equality and women’s rights and empowerment. The approach is two‐pronged and is achieved through the following:
- Gender mainstreaming in all four UNDAF Strategic Result Areas and in the work of individual agencies
- Development of flagship programmes on specific gender‐related issues which require a multi‐agency, multi‐faceted response.
OUR VSUMMARY OF DELIVERING AS ONE UN IN GENDER
OUR VISION FOR DELIVERING AS ONE UN ON GENDER EQUALITY AND WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT IN KENYA
In Kenya, our vision is to contribute towards a prosperous nation with a high quality of life in which gender equality and the empowerment of women are central.
Within the context of the UNDAF our investment is guided by the Theory of Change (ToC) elaborated in the GEWE Strategic Results Framework. We aim to invest in 3 key areas that would contribute significantly to improving gender equality and women’s empowerment in Kenya namely:
- Creating an enabling environment - policy, legal and institutional;
- Social transformation to address the socio-cultural drivers of gender inequality;
- Investing in women’s empowerment and movements which will drive their full economic and political participation.
The UN agencies will work across all the 4 UNDAF Strategic Result Area guided by this ToC and utilizing a two-pronged approach that is informed by our prior work in this area including under the Joint Programme on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (JP GEWE).
- Gender mainstreaming interventions in all 4 UNDAF SRAs. This will be through the integration of interventions to address gender issues within Joint Programmes in these SRAs, joint programming, area based programmes and the work of individual agencies. For example Elections, Extractives, Reproductive Health or area based programmes such as in Turkana.
- Flagship programmes on particular GEWE issues that are particularly pervasive, that a multi-faceted response and bring together multiple agencies e.g. Gender Based Violence or Women’s Economic Empowerment. This builds on the success of the Joint Programme
Each year a joint Government- UN workplan on GEWE is be developed. It consists of prioritized interventions from the annual workplans of all Government ministries and UN agencies on GEWE. The joint workplan interventions reflect this two-pronged approach.