The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) has increased its support to gender equality in Kenya by contributing funds to the UN Women project Let It Not Happen Again – Addressing prevention and accountability on Violence Against Women in Elections (VAWiE).
This partnership strengthens the ongoing Joint Program on Gender Based Violence between the Government of Kenya (GoK) and the United Nations, specifically focusing on election periods – a context that remains one of the most pervasive human rights violations in Kenya. VAWiE is a flagrant violation of the fundamental civil and political rights of women. It affects women’s physical and psychological well-being and undermines participation in elections both as voters and candidates. In particular the project will look to address:
- Capacity and Response by duty bearers e.g. police and
- Access to medico legal services and justice for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence during elections;
- Weak cross-sector coordination between existing laws policies and guidelines and the various organisations responsible to implement them.
- Availability of data on violence against women during elections.
“The Let it Not Happen Again project is a reminder to each and every one of us of our individual and collective responsibility to protect women and girls against violence before, during and after elections. Through a multi sectoral approach that will contribute to addressing the present situation and allow women and girls to exercise their rights as equal citizens.”Cecile Mukarubuga UN Women Country Director
Joint Programme on Gender Based Violence
The Government of Kenya (GoK) through the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs in collaboration with the United Nations developed a four year (2017-2020) Programme on Prevention and Response Gender based Violence in Kenya. The Joint Programme centres on enhancing prevention of GBV; strengthening protection of GBV survivors, ensuring expeditious prosecution of GBV cases; establishing and implementing strong sustainable programs that are well resourced.