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Women at Work

Throughout their working lives, women continue to face significant obstacles in gaining access to decent work. Only marginal improvements have been achieved since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, leaving large gaps to be covered in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Inequality between women and men persists in global labour markets, in respect of opportunities, treatment and outcomes.

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Kenya is an active member of the United Nations and the international community, and it has ratified and incorporated into national law international agreements and protocols including the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Millennium Development Goals. It is committed to promoting gender equality, economic development and environmental sustainability, and it is expected that it will do so.

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HeForShe IMPACT10x10x10 Parity Report Corporate Final 2016

This Corporate Parity Report outlines the data and tells the story of the first year of the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 Corporate Champions. This report outlines the Corporate Champions'€™ progress toward reaching their individual IMPACT commitments and includes a transparent accounting of all program data. This includes standard reporting figures on workforce composition as well as qualitative and quantitative assessments of each company's work on gender equality and women'€™s empowerment.

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ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN From the Beijing Platform for Action to the Sustainable Development Goals

The following booklet contains relevant sections of the principal international agreements over the past twenty years where countries have committed to responding to violence against women and girls.

These include:

  • Area D of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), a global policy framework and blueprint for action for the empowerment of women and girls;
  • The Agreed Conclusions of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls, adopted at its fifty-seventh session (2013); and
  • The Review and Appraisal of the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Outcomes of the Twenty-Third Special Session of the General Assembly (2015).
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Violence Against Women And Girls in Public Transport by WEL

A study by Women’s Empowerment Link (WEL) Violence against women and girls is a vice that has been happening in the public and private setting globally hence denying survivors their basic rights to enjoy peace. Studies have shown that women are more likely to be affected than men and can occur within the private and public spaces. The current Statistics by the Kenya Demographic Health Survey 2014 paints a grim picture, indicating that 49% (one in two of) Kenyan women experience violence in their lifetime. According to a 2013 UNFPA report, one in five women worldwide will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime with the majority of sexual assault survivors being young girls. These experiences impact negatively on their freedom of movement, reduces their ability to actively participate in development initiatives, limits their access to essential services, enjoyment of cultural and recreational opportunities and ultimately negatively impacts their health and well-being.

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Mainstreaming Environment and Climate for Poverty reduction and Sustainable Development: A Handbook to strengthen Planning and Budgeting Processes

Over the past two decades, rapid economic growth has lifted millions of people out of poverty and there has been considerable progress by countries on a number of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Global poverty has been halved five years ahead of the 2015 timeframe, 90 per cent of children in developing regions now enjoy primary education, there have been significant improvements in all health indicators, and the target of halving the proportion of people who lack access to improved sources of water has been met. Yet, despite these remarkable gains, 1.2 billion people still live below the poverty line, and much more needs to be done to eradicate poverty.

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International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) Gender policy 2015

In October 2000, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security. The resolution recognizes the impact of armed conflict on women, their under-representation in peace processes and the important role they play in the maintenance and promotion of peace and security. The UN Security Council, through this resolution, called for urgent measures for mainstreaming gender perspectives in all conflict prevention and resolution initiatives. The resolution became the first comprehensive international framework that mandates mainstreaming of gender in Peace Support Operations. Preceding the UNSCR1325 was the Department of Peace-Keeping Operations (DPKO) study on mainstreaming agender perspective in multi-dimensional peace support operations, the Windhoek Declaration and Namibia Plan of Action that called for the mainstreaming of a gender perspective in all areas of a multi-dimensional peace support operations. This was in recognition that the history, concept and practice of peace keeping was male- dominated, yet modern day peace-keeping has become complex and gendered with different effects on women and men hence requiring joint efforts from both.

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The Cost of The Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity

This report is a joint product of UN Women, the United Nations Development Programme - United Nations Environment Programme Poverty-Environment Initiative (UNDP-UNEP PEI) Africa, and the World Bank. The collaboration was led by UN Women, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO).The report provides a unique quantification of the costs in terms of lost growth opportunities and an estimate of what societies, economies, and communities would gain if the gender gap in agriculture is addressed.

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The Gender Agenda Assessing gender issues in the media

A report by the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) that examines closely the proportion of men and women in the media and gender policies which are critical in the streamlining of their representation. Further the study reveals that many media outlets operate without gender policies. Since media is key in setting agenda for societies, it is time it took up the mantle and not only advocate for equality but also inculcate that equality. This is a timely study which will equip all media stakeholders with more information and understanding of gender issues in the Kenya’s media.

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This is a media coverage report on the 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF RESOLUTION 1325. It how the media around the world reported on the Resolution 1325 and in different languages

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Debunking Myths on Women MPs report

The report primarily focuses on contributions made by Women Parliamentarians (WP) as recorded in The Hansard, which is the official verbatim record of debates in the Kenyan Parliament. The scope of the report is the period between March 2013 when the 11th Parliament had its first sitting and 3Oth June 2015 when this report was commissioned. Contributions prior to and after the dates indicated have been left out. A few secondary sources will be used for additional information.

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Implementing the Constitutional Two Thirds Gender Principle The Cost of Representation

A report commissioned by the National Women’s Steering Committee in an effort to promote informed discussion and debate on one of the most important gender issues in Kenya and among the most significant of the Uhuru Kenyatta administration, as the first government elected under the Constitution of Kenya 2010.

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A Primer to the Emerging Extractives Sector in Kenya Resource Bliss, Dilemma or Curse

In any economy, the extractive sector (ES) consists mainly of oil, gas and mining activities. This is a sector with great potential to enhance an economy. Indeed, experience in countries such as Norway, Canada, Botswana and Ghana suggests that extractives can be effectively managed to contribute to sustainable economic growth. Experience, however, in other parts of the world including Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan, and the Central African Republic (CAR), suggest that extractives if not well managed can be a curse leading to conflict.

A Report by The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA)

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Report of the Taskforce on Women Representation on Boards

The Institute of Directors (Kenya) in its pursuit of developing good corporate governance and the continuous development of its members through training, mentorship and networking for the benefit of organizations, stakeholders and the prosperity of Kenya, and at the request of women members, the IOD (K) commissioned a Taskforce to examine how to increase the number of women on public and private sector boards in Kenya.

The Taskforce analysed information collected from various sources including published annual reports, Government publications, key regulators and professional associations.

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Gender Dimensions and Implications of Coal Mining in the Mui Basin of Kitui County, Kenya

This study was commissioned by the Centre for Governance and Development (CGD) to assess the gender dimensions and implications of coal mining in Mui Basin, Kitui County. Situated within the dynamics of emerging extractive industry in Kenya, it was tailored to become a case study for promoting gender mainstreaming in the sector. It was carried out in the four mining zones of Mui Basin namely: Block A (Zombe), Block B (Mutito), Block C (Mui) and Block D (Karung’a) areas. A mixed method approach involving quantitative and qualitative data collection was used.

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JP GEWE Final report 2009 2015

In 2009, when the Joint Programme on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (JP GEWE) started, the implementation of national priorities in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment in Kenya was hampered by inadequate resources (in terms of availability, retention, motivation, and capacity building), together with severe financial constraints. The Government of Kenya (GoK) and United Nations (UN) joint programme sought to tackle the above challenges with the ultimate objective of helping to change a situation...

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UNW progress report (Progress of the World’s Women 2015 2016 Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights)

Progress of the World's Women: Transforming economies, realizing rights is a timely reminder of the importance of women’s economic and social rights to building strong and resilient economies and societies, today and for future generations. It shows where governments and the international community have fallen short on realizing the full inclusion of women and girls and it illustrates how and where immediate action can redress this critical imbalance.

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UN Women Annual Report 2014 2015

UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to implement these standards. It stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas: increasing women’s leadership and participation; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality.

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Guidebook CEDAW General Recommendation 30 Women Peace Security en

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the Conven­tion) and the United Nations Security Council resolutions (UNSCRs) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) have established important obligations for the protection of women’s human rights and achievement of gender equality relative to issues of international peace and security.

The adoption by the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the Committee) of General Recommendation No. 30 on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-con­flict situations (GR30) in October 2013 strengthened and made clear the applicability of the Convention to a diverse range of settings affected by conflict and politi­cal crises.

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JP GEWE Mid Term Evaluation Report final

The mid-term evaluation provides an independent assessment of the processes and outputs of the GoK and UN ―Joint Programme on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.” The joint programme was a watershed in enhancing UN coherence and cohesion in Kenya that brought together 3 line ministries and 14 UN agencies under one program framework. It underscores the strategic priorities of the government of Kenya, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2008-2013) and the UN’s commitment to ―Delivering as One (DaO) conceptual framework.

About DaO on GEWE

The objective of the “One UN” is to improve the impact, coherence, efficiency, effectiveness and positioning of the UN system in Kenya to enable it better assist the country to meet the MDGs and Vision 2030. This will be achieved through One Programme, One Budgetary Framework, One Office, One Leader and Communicating as One. readmore

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