Monday, 30th August 2021
Today, the KEPSA Director of Gender and SMEs, Ms. Eva Muraya represented KEPSA at the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC). The event officiated by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Public Service and Gender, Prof. Margaret Kobia was held at the Kenya School of Government bringing together stakeholders to celebrate the milestones of a decade of promoting gender equality and non-discrimination by the commission.
The Chair of NGEC, Dr. Joyce Mutinda highlighted some of the successes such as the issuance of more than 300 advisories to Govt Agencies including the County Governments (Executive and County Public Service Boards), Ministries, Departments & Agencies on their annual performance in mainstreaming issues of disabilities, gender and youth. Additionally, apart from research, audit and issue of advisories, the Commission undertakes its functions through facilitation, coordination, and monitoring, and coordinating public education programs and exercise powers of receiving complaints and investigations.
Ms. Muraya noted that the Global Gender Gap Report for 2021 by World Economic Forum ranked Kenya at position 95 out of 156 countries and 16th in Sub-Saharan Africa with a score of 0.69 showing that we are edging closer but still far from achieving equality and freedom from discrimination – a key fact that has been laid bare by the Covid-19 pandemic with most surveys during the period revealing disproportionate impact from job losses, loss of income, increased burden of care and gender-based violence.
Further noting that the private sector is honored to have worked with NGEC and other stakeholders in the transformation by championing gender equality, inclusion, and empowerment of the special interest groups to play a more active role in the country’s social-economic development thus complementing the Commission and government efforts on gender equality and ensure inclusive approach towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Vision 2030 goals in this last decade.
In her Key remarks, Prof. Kobia outlined that the Constitution of Kenya captures the efforts of attaining gender equality and that the government of Kenya is a the forefront of providing support for Gender-Based Violence (GBV) survivors through initiatives such as establishing rescue centers and the newly established Policare initiative, a one-stop Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) center model that was established to ensure that SGBV survivors can access counseling, medical and legal services from one place.
She further underscored the need for coordinated multisectoral, multidimensional collaboration towards achieving gender equality for better quality of life.