The County directorate of gender and youth in partnership with Plan International and Kisumu Medical Education Trust (KMET) Kenya held a 2-day workshop towards sensitization of the Sub- County administrators, ward administrators and the location administrative chiefs on the Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) that was conducted on 25th and 26th of June, 2019 at Royal City hotel.
In the recent past sexual gender violence has been on the rise within Kisumu County, with Nyando sub-county being on the top list with most cases. It is with that background that the county gender technical committee organized a sensitization workshop targeting administrators who frequently interact with the public and receives the SGBV cases.
The workshop was officially opened by County Minister for Education Dr. John Obiero Ogone. In his remarks, Dr. Ogone acknowledged the support from the development partners and the state agencies in ensuring the success of the workshop. The minister noted that the workshop was timely and necessary in managing Gender based violence cases that are on the rise in the county and that meetings such as this was important in raising awareness against SGBV.
Speaking during the workshop Mr. Joel Okumu, the County gender officer stressed on the need to execute a survivor cantered approach in handling SGBV cases in order to take care of the survivors of the violation.
The objective of the workshop was to sensitize the county administrators to understand SGBV situational cases in Kisumu on collaborative approaches to prevention of SGBV, the budgetary costs of SGBV, strengthening referral pathways supporting survivors of SGBV, legal support to SGBV survivors and the supporting policy framework for SGBV.
The speakers unanimously agreed that the fight against SGBV can only be achieved through the multiagency approach, arguing that collaboration and integrative efforts approach is important in addressing the menace.
The workshop was spearheaded by was the County Directors, Gender and youth affairs Adah Omedi, Communication Atieno Otieno and officials from FIDA, NGEC, KMET, Plan International, State officers and JOOTRH
The County Government of Kisumu in collaboration with the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) organized an ICTconsumer forum dubbed‘Kikao Kikuu’.on the 18th April, 2019 at the Jomo
Kenyatta Sports Ground.
The event, held under the theme “Efficient Service Delivery through Technology and Innovation”. brought together members of the public, IT experts from CAK and the county
government, service providers and consumer organizations. The authority sought to address issues from the public concerning communication.
Speaking at the event, the Director General of CAK, Mr. Francis Wangusi said the forum aimed at getting feedback from the public concerning how the authority and other service providers
were handling customer issues.
The Director General also urged the public to register for Huduma number which will help reduce cases of impersonation through phone calls and other media such as Facebook which
has seen Kenyans lose important information, money and other valuables to fraudsters.
While reading the Governors speech, the County Minister for Education and ICT, Dr. John Ogone said Kisumu is committed to improving service delivery through ICT.
“Kisumu County is privileged to have excellent access to communication services. We are leveraged on technology to enhance service delivery,” read part of the speech.
Areas which the County is committed in improving service delivery through ICT included revenue collection, resource systems such as SMS, creation of business and incubation
centres, institute measures to protect consumers and also address network outages, cyber security, data protection among others.
The event began on 15th with road shows across the County. Members were treated to entertainments and informative sessions which included active public participation.. Experts gave response to questions from the public while those who answered questions correctly walked away with lots of prizes from the Communications Authority and the County