UNDP leads the other Participating UN Organizations (PUNOs) in this priority area to ensure that the gender and governance agenda is effectively supported and advocated for by key stakeholders (Civil Society, state and non-state actors) in Kenya.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 and Governance:Integrating gender into constitutional, electoral reforms and peace and reconciliation processes by 2013.Non-State Actors (NSAs) advocating for increased women's representation, participation and influence in governance and politics as well as in business and trade bodies.

“Training has helped me change the mindset of people; neighbors finally talk to each other as fear is disappearing” Says Ruth Ngonya. Ruth is the leader representative on Women’s Bureau of the Social Democratic Party on the training of women leaders in conflict mediation before 2013 elections.

 Facts and FiguresOut of the 14.3 million voters for the March 2013 elections, 49% of the registered voters were women.According to the IEBC gazette, only 7 women were nominated by political parties to vie for Governor Positions, 18 for Senator and 197 for Parliamentary seats in 2013 General Elections.Women hold 86 out of the 416 seats in the National Assembly, according to the Kenya Gazette for 22 March 2013.There are only 6% (16) of elected women MPs in 2013, compared to 94% of men.No women elected as governors or senators in 2013 elections.Women form 50.3% of the population, yet only 9.9% were represented in parliament in 2012.In 2012, Kenya was ranked 103rd in the global rankings of women’s representation in national parliaments.Women account for only 15% of the key leadership positions in the public sector.

 Key Achievements Launch of the Kenya Women's National Charter which outlines the women’s agenda for change. National Plan of Action for Kenya on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (women, peace and security) was finalized and approved in 2012. UNSCR 1325 Kenya Youth Chapter established, resulting in a vibrant presence and conversations in social media. Support provided to 50 CSO partners to build the capacity of women leaders and voters on electoral processes, the Constitutional provisions and women’s leadership. 748 women supported through trainings to vie for political positions. An interactive online database (www.womenaspirants.org), profiled nearly 900 women aspirants across Kenya. Over 100 grass root level voter education forums were organized and reached more than 95,000 people with gender responsive messages. Through collaboration with leading gender-sensitive media organisations, voter education and peace messages reached more than 6 million people through television and more than 70,000 people through the print media. Several radio programmes on gender and governance issues were produced and the Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) mobilized community radio listening groups in Tharaka and Nyando. More than 1500 community members were able to listen to the radio programmes and engaged in the discussions. 250 people attended the Regional Dialogue on Women’s Political Leadership in August 2012 to learn from the best practices of Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa. A Team of Eminent Persons (TEP) formed to hold the government, political parties and other stakeholders accountable for delivering the Constitution’s one-third gender rule. TEP consisted of 10 influential members from the private sector, media, academia, ex-politicians and grass-root women leaders who had made significant contributions in this sector. Women Situation Room Kenya successfully launched during the March 2013 election period and provided women and youth with a well-coordinated platform to engage as peace monitors towards a peaceful election process. For further information, please visit the website at www.wsrkenya.org Research was conducted on alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and recommendations to support the implementation of the new constitution. Increased inclusion of women in peace and reconciliation processes, including District Peace Committees (DPCs) - approximately 49% of DPCs have implemented the gender rule and the number of women joining these DPCs has increased. Study tour to Rwanda for 30 women leaders from political parties and county mediators. The study tour resulted in an increase in engagement in county and community-level conflict prevention and peace building initiatives; formation of women peace monitoring committees in 6 communities; participation in peace caravans; peace dialogues among warring communities; engagement in peaceful campaigns, especially through FM stations, urging communities to promote peace and tolerance during the election period.

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