Taking Generation Equality campaigns to the counties

January 12, 2022by CREAWKENYA

As a global co-leader in the Generation Equality Action Coalition on ending gender based violence (GBV), the government of Kenya during the Generation Equality Forum in Paris in June 2020 made bold and concrete commitments to accelerate action and investments towards addressing GBV and actualizing gender equality for women and girls.

In its commitments, Kenya pledged to increase funding by 2.3 billion by 2022 and an additional 5 billion by 2026 for GBV prevention and response, scale up police integrated response to GBV, establish safe houses in all 47 counties as well establish survivor funds among other pledges.

Against this backdrop, CREAW Kenya in partnership with the UN Women and governments are implementing the Generation Equality Mashinani aimed at cascading the campaigns to the county level for action planning and domestication of the national roadmap to address GBV by 2026.

Kilifi is among the counties where the Generation Equality Mashinani campaign is being piloted. Recently CREAW in partnership with the State Department of Gender and UN Women organized a forum to disseminate the national roadmap and deliberate on the County specific priorities to address GBV.

During the two day forum that brought together state and non-state actors including the Kilifi Gender Sector Working group stakeholders culminated into a draft Action Plan to spearhead the domestication of the national GEF roadmap to address GBV by 2026.

In specifics, Kilifi County will prioritize on enacting a county specific GBV policy, adequate financing for GBV prevention and response, inculcate a multisectoral approach to streamline coordination of GBV activities at the county level as well as prioritize the development of GBV information system.