Kenya: Govt launches gender policy, 16 days of activism against violence in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta launched a new plan Wednesday to battle gender inequalities by promoting women’s rights to key government services and protection from harm.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence plan was launched during a state event held to unveil the National Policy on Prevention and Response to Gender Based Violence, which seeks to enhance women’s access to basic services.

Kenya’s Planning minister, Anne Waiguru, said the launch of the new plan demonstrated the government’s commitment to address the gender inequalities that persist in Kenya.

“I am inspired by the passion, commitment and the energy that has brought us this far,” Waiguru said during the launch of the gender plan.

"The new plan includes various initiatives aimed at improving the well-being of women, providing social protection, health care, education and security as enshrined in the Constitution and our development blue print, Vision 2030.

“The initiatives that are being implemented in government are aimed at dismantling the status quo in very fundamental ways. It is not business as usual,” Waiguru said.

The National Policy on Prevention and Response to Gender Based Violence has been developed through a consultative and participatory process involving various government agencies and the county governments.

The gender policy has been described as a key achievement which gives the government an opportunity to accelerate efforts towards the elimination of gender based violence all the way to the county level.

“Implementation of this national policy ensures that every woman, every girl, every man and every boy is assured of a safe and secure environment, where human rights are respected and protected,” Waiguru said.

Speaking at the launch, President Kenyatta called on Kenyans to act against lawbreakers in reference to the recent stripping of women in public places.

Kenyatta said citizens should act to protect women from lawbreakers and ensure the safety of everyone without depending on the police or other national security organs.

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