UN WOMEN leads the other Participating UN Organizations (PUNOs) in this priority area to ensure that key national institutions have the capacity to develop, monitor and evaluate National Development Policies, Legislations and Plans according to gender responsive criteria.The Government of Kenya – UN Joint Programme on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (JP GEWE) is working towards the following key results under its priority area of Gender Mainstreaming:National gender machinery is effectively coordinating, monitoring and evaluating the gender mainstreaming process in the government’s Medium Term Plan (MTP) and key sectors.Key government institutions enabled to collect, analyse and disseminate sex and age disaggregated data to inform policy formulation and planning.Capacity of targeted ministries for gender responsive policy, planning and budgeting enhanced.Mid-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) process is gender responsive to allocate and utilize public resources.Key laws, policies and legislation are gender responsive and operational.

Ministry of Home Affairs Chief Probation Officer, Ms Gertrude Audi, is now able to question some of the gender patterns when dealing with clients.” Why do we support women work in weaving and care and men in carpentry?”

Facts and FiguresPresidential Directive of 2006 requires that 30% of all appointments, recruitments and promotions in the public sector are reserved for women.Women make up only 11% of the 73,000 members of the police service in Kenya.Data from 40 ministries on 30 May 2011 indicates that women comprised only 38.2% of the total workforce compared to 61.8% of men.Women occupy only 25.9% of the jobs in the senior management in public service.Women constitute 35.3% of the total workforce in state corporations compared to 64.7% of men.

 Key Achievements Commission on Revenue Allocation adopted a number of gender-responsive recommendations that led to the development of a gender index for the decentralised budget allocation formula. Developed Gender Responsiveness Budgeting Guidelines for parliamentarians with Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) to monitor the mainstreaming of gender issues in budget allocations. Gender Responsive laws and policies - PUNOs supported in the development of gender policies for the various sectors in line with the National Gender and Development Policy e.g. Inception report and recruitment of experts for the development of the Health Sector Gender Policy; initiated development of a National Sexual and Gender Based Violence Policy; review of the gender statistics data of 8 ministries and currently working on a policy brief on the issue; and developed the Gender Checklist Handbook for County Governments in Kenya. Capacity Development of 40 government officials on Gender and Statistics targeting specific sectors for collection, analysis and use of sex-disaggregated data for an informed policy formulation and planning process. Improved reporting on achievement of Affirmative Action - support was provided to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development to collect data for the Bi-Annual Report on the Implementation of 30% Affirmative Action of Women in Recruitment and Promotion in the Public Service.Coordinated capacity development support to the national gender machinery (Gender Responsive Budgeting, Female Genital Mutilation, Affirmative Action Policy, National Gender and Development policy, Gender and Statistics) Launch of the Gender Resource Centre at the University of Nairobi – the Centre was set up to support research on gender equality and gender based violence. It is linked to the University of Nairobi’s main Library and contains 75,000 e-journals and 163 e-books in its digital library. The Centre will provide a platform for all relevant stakeholders to exchange ideas and best practices towards informed strategies resulting from evidence and need-based research.

 

 

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