The Centre for Rights, Education and Awareness was on Tuesday, 14 June, recognized by the Gender Is My Agenda Campaign Network (GIMAC) with the ‘Civil Society Award’. The award complements the Africa Gender Award 2022 presented to H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta for championing gender equality and development in the country and the Private Sector Award to the Kenya Private Sector Alliance.
GIMAC award serves as a mechanism to monitor and reward an African Head of State or Government who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in promoting gender equality and development within the thematic areas of the African Union’s Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality. Kenya has achieved eleven out of twelve operative articles of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa. The award is based on three thematic indices namely HIV Index, Education Index, and Gender Parity Index.
H.E President Uhuru acknowledged that it took a multi-sectoral collaboration with the civil societies and the private sector to achieve the gains that Kenya has had over the past year.
“CREAW would not have been able to do our work were it not for the enabling environment created by Cabinet Secretary Prof Margaret Kobia which has opened doors for the civil society to work with the government,” Executive Director of CREAW Wangechi Wachira stated.
To advance gender equality and effectively influence policy change, CREAW continues to work collaboratively with both state and non-state actors at the National and County level. At the National level, CREAW is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Generation Equality Forum to promote accountability for the bold commitments made by the Kenya government. CREAW is also a member of the National Steering committee of Policare to ensure the actualization of the integrated response to Gender-based violence (GBV) at a one-stop shop and a member of the National Council on the Administration of Justice working committee set to review the Sexual Offences Act and other GBV related laws to enhance access to justice.
Besides offering GBV response support services, CREAW working with other like-minded organizations continues to support the development and implementation of county model gender and SGBV policies aimed at accelerating efforts to improve the lives of women and girls. Courtesy of accountability efforts, Isiolo, Nairobi, and Narok Counties have enacted Gender policies geared towards ensuring gender mainstreaming in all government functions and allocation of adequate resources for GBV prevention and response. CREAW boosts support for the County government of Meru to become the first County to enact a Sexual & gender-based violence policy that provides a framework for prevention, coordination and guidance on minimum standards of comprehensive care and support provided by the different County ministries and departments to GBV survivors.