A successful signing event was witnessed at the National Gender and Equality Commission on 28th July 2015. The event saw a one year letter of agreement signed between the National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC) and UN Women for the financial year 2015-2016.
‘’The signing of this letter of agreement is to build and deepen the partnership between UN Women and the National Gender and Equality Commission in pursuit of strengthening the foundation for transformative gender equality and inclusion in the private and public sector in Kenya, ‘’ highlighted UN Women Country Director Ms. Zebib Kavuma.
UN Women is the UN entity that promotes Gender Equality and Women Empowerment ensuring women’s and girl’s rights are upheld worldwide hence, it is UN Women mandate to lead , promote and coordinate efforts to advance the full realization of women’s and girl’s rights and opportunities.
‘’This agreement is worth 18.2 Million Kenya Shillings which will be used to ensure gender mainstreaming in the county level, strengthening the capacity in matters gender, monitoring, advising and reporting on GBV policies and actions and gender responsive budgeting,’’ pointed out National Gender and Equality Commission Chairperson, Commissioner Ms. Winfred Lichuma during the signing event that brought together both National Gender and Equality Commission and UN Women staff.
National Gender and Equality Commission’s mandate is fully linked into that of UN Women to promote Gender Equality and freedom from discrimination hence the strong partnership. UN Women promised to continue partnering with the National Gender and Equality Commission since it is the principal organ of the State that ensures compliance with all treaties and conventions ratified by Kenya relating to issues of equality and freedom from discrimination and relating to special interest groups including minorities and marginalized persons, women, persons with disabilities and children.
Ms. Lichuma was also very passionate to mention that Obama’s remarks during his visit to Kenya from 24th – 26th July really lobbied for women space and equality in the country. The two statements from Obama being, “Treating girls and women as second class citizens is a bad tradition, it holds you back. “ and “Any nation that fails to educate girls is doomed to lag behind in the global economy,” Were really in support for the women and girls empowerment agenda. She fully agreed with Obama on his statements.