, MOMBASA, Kenya, Jun 5 – The government on Friday announced that it had developed a National Framework to address Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the country.
Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said the framework will ensure collaboration between the government, development partners and civil society.
Speaking during the closure of a four day conference of women ministers in charge of gender affairs in Great Lakes Region, Mr Kalonzo said the policy will also respond to violence against women and provide effective interventions to save women.
He said: “It will link academic training and research to policy formulation and implementation in the area of gender equality and women empowerment.”
He held that the government had developed the legislation and policies in its commitment to promote gender equality and equity as well as to empower women economically and socially.
In Kenya, the President announced a 30 percent affirmative action on recruitment and promotion of women in the public sector.
“The Department of Defence has successfully enforced the affirmative action in their recent recruitment of service of men and women into Armed Forces,’’ he said.
The conference further resolved to develop a regional centre established to undertake gender based violence cases.
Mr Kalonzo noted that the regional centre will make available reliable research to be used in the region.
He said the centre will provide sound research based information that can inform both advocacy and policy change and formulation.
The VP said that in the past, the Great Lake region lacked documentation and information sharing mechanisms on women in the region as well as establishes a regional platform for dialogue on key gender policy issues.
He added that the centre was also expected to transform limited use of the potential offered by institution of higher learning in the region in moving forward the gender equality agenda.
The women ministers attending the conference said the centre will strengthen the fight against gender violence in the member states.
The conference was a follow up meeting on the call made by social and human sciences sector in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2005 to promote the rights of women living in post conflict zones.
It drew participants from 11 countries in the great lake region including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Burundi, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Rwanda and Zambia.