Activists call for the end of gender-based violence ahead of the Paris-based 2021 Generation Equality Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo Credit: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Mumbi Muturi

Society Kenya31. January 2022

This Country Plans to Put an End to Gender-Based Violence

For the first time in its history, Kenya vows to promote gender equality and halt gender-based violence with concrete measures that will benefit women and girls alike.

“I am confident that with effective implementation of gender policy, enforcement of laws, continued political goodwill, and change of attitude among the majority of Kenyans, we shall secure gender equality and the empowerment of women,” says Professor Margaret Kobia, Cabinet Secretary for public service, youth, and gender affairs.

By 2026, with a dozen doable steps put into place, gender-based violence should be curbed. Also, a $23 million budget is allocated for prevention and response, research, and data collection. Plus, a fund will be established for survivors. Among the measures announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta, there is an inclusive coalition, a platform that favors collaboration, champions in government, passionate influencers on all platforms, simple and authentic messaging from the heart, relentless focus, and commitment to accountability.

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