Some of the measures the Government of Kenya has prioritized in addressing violence against women include:
• Strengthening of laws, policies and programmes.
• Introduced and strengthened services for survivors of violence (e.g. Shelters, help lines, dedicated health services, legal, justice service, counseling, housing);
• Introduced or strengthened strategies to prevent violence against women and girls, e.g. in the education sector, in the media, community mobilization, work with men and boys;
• Monitoring and evaluation of impact, including evidence generation and data collection, including regarding particular groups of women and girls; and
• Introduced and strengthened measures for improving the understanding of causes and consequences of violence against women among those responsible for implementing measures on ending violence against women and girls.
These priorities are set within a national coordinating framework through the Joint programme on GBV spearheaded by Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs in collaboration with UN agencies. This document outlines priorities to address the existing gaps and challenges based on the current context and status of GBV in the country. This plan was developed through an extensive consultation process that brought together various government agencies and non-state actors; between May to October 2016, covering a period of four years. The overall goal of the programme is to accelerate efforts towards the elimination of GBV.
The main three outcome priorities which are also in alignment with Beijing PLatform for Action and SDGs goal 5 are:
• To improve Kenya’s legislative and policy environment so that it is in line with international and regional standards on GBV. This is an area that has witnessed some progress as indicated above. It is also intended that right holders are able to advocate for effective implementation of GBV laws, policies, and regulations or guidelines are in line with Constitution of Kenya; and capacity of duty bearers is strengthened to implement policies, legislation and regulatory frameworks on GBV.
• To ensure Kenya has favorable social norms, attitudes and behaviors at institutional, community and individual levels for prevention and response to GBV.
• Improve utilization of quality essential GBV services. Under this outcome the anticipated outputs are enhanced capacity of national and county institutions to provide quality GBV services. This also includes the strengthened capacity of service providers to provide quality, coordinated services, collect and use data in an ethical manner; improve access of GBV services to survivors including in conflict / emergency and humanitarian settings; and the improved accessibility of medical and rehabilitation services to perpetrators of GBV.
These priority areas are implemented jointly to enhance prevention of GBV; strengthen protection of GBV survivors, ensure expeditious prosecution of GBV cases; establish and implement strong sustainable programmes that are well resources; and implemented through partnership with nonstate actors, development partners, county and national governments through strong coordination mechanisms at national and county level.
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