Chief Administrative Secretary, Hon. Rachel Shebesh, on 26th May, 2021 presided over a workshop on “The Strengthening of the Capacity of Law Enforcement Agencies at the Regional Level” which was held in Nakuru town.
In her address, Hon. Shebesh noted that the prevalence of Gender Based Violence and harmful practices is of great concern.
She highlighted the need to engage all stakeholders in addressing GBV by having an understanding of the common duty to protect all citizens – women, men, boys and girls – from harm.
She noted that no institution is an island and that cooperation and consultations are key to ending GBV. “We are focusing on strengthening coordination between duty bearers in measures aimed at eradicating all forms of Gender Based Violence in Kenya by 2030,” she said.
Hon. Shebesh urged the participants to ensure that the four key objectives are appreciated which include, increased access to quality and comprehensive response and support services across sectors; improved coordination and sustainability for effective programming for GBV prevention and response; progressive enforcement of laws and policies towards prevention of GBV and the elimination of social cultural norms that affect women and girls.
The Chief Administrative Secretary pointed out that successful implementation of the activities of the strengthened and sensitized duty bearers, rights holders and County GBV Working Groups will contribute to the elimination of all forms of gender based violence, inequality and discrimination.
“I call upon all to critically participate and internalize the strategies that we are discussing today. It is important to remember that outcome of this workshop will enable the smooth coordination of actions by all players including state and non-state actors in the implementation of our policies on eradication of GBV,” she said.
By Jacqueline Kirimi