The Gender and Women department is one of the six departments of the National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC). The department has the main responsibility of mainstreaming issues of gender and women in national and county policies, laws and administrative rules as well as private and public sector. This is guided by development of gender sensitive standards and indicators, guidelines, tools and facilitating integration of gender equality and freedom from discrimination principles. Other areas of focus include:
- Ensuring compliance of gender mainstreaming in all public and private institutions in regards to National laws, Regional and International Conventions and Treaties. This is done through conducting audits on private and public sector and disseminating the findings as well as advising the relevant stakeholders.
- Facilitate development and review of existing policies to address sexual and gender based violence.
- Promoting gender responsive budgeting.
Gender mainstreaming is one of the core functions of NGEC and entails ensuring that the concerns of women and men form an integral dimension of the design of all policies, laws and administrative procedures, in all political, economic and societal spheres so as to ensure that they benefit equally.
One of the over-arching goals in the NGEC strategic plan 2013-2015 is to provide comprehensive and adequate response to sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). Pursuant to this, the department convenes monthly meetings with various state and non- state actors whose focus is on SGBV in order to develop practical initiatives and strategies to curb this societal menace. NGEC is in the process of establishing a database that will enhance collation of sex disaggregated data adding value to its interventions.
Gender responsive budgeting is the process through which budgets and policies are engendered to promote gender equality. Through monitoring and carrying out audits, the department will ensure that the governments i.e. national and county are accountable for translating their gender equality commitments into budgetary commitments.