The COVID-19 pandemic is putting an unprecedented and significant strain on Kenya’s economy, highlighting and magnifying inequalities and the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination faced by women and girls. It is posing a serious threat to women’s employment and livelihoods, especially in the informal sector where women make up 63% of street traders and 70% of workers in the horticulture sector, all of which have been hard hit. Beyond the economy, Kenyan women and girls are grappling with other social problems such as a rise in cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV). Recent reports indicate that sexual violence accounted for 35% of all criminal cases reported, in the first two weeks of the curfew.
The objective of the “One UN” is to improve the impact, coherence, efficiency, effectiveness and positioning of the UN system in Kenya to enable it better assist the country to meet the MDGs and Vision 2030. This will be achieved through One Programme, One Budgetary Framework, One Office, One Leader and Communicating as One.