The County directorate of gender convened a gender mainstreaming technical working group meeting on draft policy formulation, a strategy to establish and strengthen gender mainstreaming efforts in all sectors in Kisumu.
Gender equality has foundational and often overwhelming consequences for both male and female and special groups in areas such as poverty, health, education, empowerment, localization and implementation of sustainable development goals which requires explicit attention to gender equality and empowerment in related institutional structures and processes as well as in policies, programs and budgeting.
The objectives of the 3 days meeting were three-fold: to set an in-depth understanding of the Gender Mainstreaming policy framework by the steering committee, discuss the Gender Mainstreaming policy framework with the steering committee for drafting and to consolidate the final Mainstreaming draft policy for public and stakeholder’s discussion and input.
The meeting brought together several partners working on a joint monitoring program for Sexual gender-based violence, gender technical working group, the County Government of Kisumu and the state department of gender. It also included Plan International and National gender equality commission (NGEC), Nyanza Initiative for Girls’ Education & Empowerment (NIGEE) among other key partners.
The meeting highlighted the intrinsic focus on gender equality and identified strategic entry points for gender mainstreaming, including how the County government system can better support the gender-responsive implementation and operationalization of policies that enhance synergies with SDG 5 on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls through introduction of a sector-wide framework to strengthen institutional accountability for gender equality results.
To reinforce effective joint action on gender equality, participants identified entry points to strengthen programmatic responses and accountability in program development. The draft policy will be subjected to public participation, legislation, validation and thereafter implementation.
By Matilda Atieno