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Kenya seeks to address gender inequality

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.

Principal Secretary 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 implementation.

“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 agenda.

“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 statistics.

“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.



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