NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya planned to introduce gender indicators in
the public expenditure frameworks in order to address gender
inequality, a government official said on Thursday.
in the Ministry of Devolution and Planning Irungu Nyakera told
journalists in Nairobi that the move will provide an opportunity
for gender responsive programming and gender focused
“The Medium Term
Expenditure Framework has recognized the need to introduce
gender indicators in the macro framework in order to advance
gender equality,” Nyakera said during the launch of the Women
and Men in Kenya booklet.
The booklet presents
indicators focusing on population, health, education,
employment, governance, domestic violence and decision-making.
The government has
recognized that gender inequalities not only distort social
dynamics but also hinder economic growth and efforts to reduce
poverty levels, Nyakera said.
He noted that the
commitment of the government to gender parity is evidenced by
the mainstreaming of gender issues into the national development
“This is done by
ensuring that the concerns of women and men constitute an
integral dimension in budgeting and budget implementation to
ensure gender equality,” he added.
Nyakera said that
Kenya has made significant progress in advancing gender equality
in all the sectors of the economy.
“This is reflected
through various policy pronouncement and national treaties
signed and ratified by the government,” he said.
To address gender
inequality within the country, Kenya has adopted affirmative
action to reserve 30 percent of the public procurement contracts
for the youth, women and persons with disability, Nyakera said.
UN Women to enhance Kenya’s
ability to report on SDGs related to gender
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
UN Women said Thursday it will enhance Kenya’s
ability to report on United Nation’s Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs) related to gender, UN officials said on Thursday.
UN Women Kenya
Deputy Director Karin Fueg told a media briefing in Nairobi that
Nairobi has been selected as a pilot country for the
implementation of the flagship program regarding gender
“We will build the
institutional capacity for Kenya to collect, analyze and utilize
statistics both qualitative and quantitative to be able to
report on SDGs indicators that related to gender,” Fueg said
during the launch of Women and Men in Kenya booklet.
Fueg said that the
UN Women will collaborate with the Kenya National Bureau of
Statistics to undertake the national assessment on Gender
Statistics over a three year period beginning in 2018.
She noted that the
assessment on gender statistics will seek to establish a
baseline, and entry points in developing an effective program on
gender statistics in Kenya.
Fueg noted that the
UN women will therefore seek to compliment what others have
already done in gender statistics in Kenya.
She said that for
Kenya to successfully implement the 2030 development agenda, a
robust and equally ambitious monitoring framework is needed.
Fueg observed that
Kenya has committed to utilize 128 SDGs indicators to measure
its development progress. “Within this, 34 specific indicators
are on gender equality and women empowerment,” Fueg said.