In line with the NGEC mandate of promoting gender equality and freedom from discrimination, the Mainstreaming theme ensures issues of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) among them children, youth, women, persons with disabilities, the elderly, minority and marginalized communities are integrated in National and County Governments’ development agenda, policies, administrative laws and procedures. This aims in strengthening fair accessibility and benefits of SIGs on opportunities, resources and services and addressing the needs, interests and concerns thereof.
Mainstreaming has four programmatic units targeting the SIGs: Gender and Women; Youth and Children; Disability and Elderly; and Minority and Marginalized.
- Enhance participation and inclusion of SIGs in decision making and development agenda;
- Facilitate development and promote implementation of Affirmative Action policies;
- Ensure the equality of SIGs, multiple discrimination and disadvantages are addressed;
- Promote a multi-sectoral approach on prevention and response to SGBV.
- Coordinate mainstreaming of SIGs issues into all activities of National and County Governments;
Facilitate development of guidelines on principles of equality and inclusion integration;
- Facilitate development and implementation of gender mainstreaming and workplace SGBV policies for government Ministries, Counties, Departments, Agencies (MCDAs) and Private Sector;
- Work in collaboration with Article 59 Commissions and key stakeholders in development of standards on Economic and Social rights as specified in Art 43 of the Constitution and other written laws;
- Promote participation and inclusion of SIGs in all spheres of life;
- Carryout analysis of National and County budgets and advocate for resourced action plans and programmes that advance equality and inclusion for SIGs ;
- Advocate for affirmative action programmes.
" A state that does not educate and train women is like a man who only trains his right arm.” ~Jostein Gaarder