In keeping with its strategic objective to see reduced prevalence of sexual and gender based violence cases, the National Gender and Equality Commission December 2014 launched a national campaign and monitoring and evaluation framework on sexual violence whose aim is to see a reduction of Gender Based Violence through development and implementation of effective and efficient prevention and response strategies.
The Campaign whose rallying theme is ‘Prevent GBV, Protect survivors and Respond’ and a tag reading ‘I can, you can, together we can end GBV’ will be implemented in 3 phases, with the first year purposing to hold duty bearers (executive, judiciary, legislature and county governments) to account while the second year will target survivors and the in third year being an election year we shall train and develop advocacy strategies on SGBV in emergencies.
The campaign is a collective initiative of the National GBV Sub Cluster working group which is convened by the NGEC. The NGEC prides in hosting the National Gender-Based Violence Sub-cluster Working Group which consists of state and non-state actors endeavors to develop the best strategies towards prevention and response management of GBV in Kenya.
The Keeping the Promise to end GBV campaign was launched in commemoration of the 16 days of activism, a fortnight before the launch of the campaign President Kenyatta launched the National Gender Based Violence Policy, a feat the NGEC Chairperson Winfred Lichuma said demonstrated the commitment of the government in the elimination of GBV. “We want to take this opportunity to congratulate the President for this bold move that will buttress our campaign and result in the elimination of GBV’. Said Mrs. Lichuma.
At the launch of the campaign NGEC also unveiled the National Monitoring and Evaluation framework on sexual violence. The framework will seek to address some of the challenges faced when it comes to data collection on sexual violence. The notable challenges and gaps in frequency of reporting and availability of essential data for evidence-based programming and decision making are attributed to underlying structural factors and lack of a comprehensive Sexual and Gender Based Violence monitoring and evaluation framework. The framework will also seek to ensure that there is adequate oversight on the implementation of the GBV policy.
All out war on gender based violence as NGEC launches campaign