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Theme: “Accelerating the Promise

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo,..

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, where 179 governments adopted a landmark Programme of Action which set out to empower women and girls for their sake, and for the benefit of their families, communities and nations.

We have made incredible gains since then, but too many people are still being left behind. And too many nations have not been able to fully reap the demographic dividend because young people and other groups still lack agency, education and access to critical health services. Increasing the pressure is the deadline to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. We cannot do that if we don’t also reach the goals laid out in the ICPD Programme of Action. From 12-14 November, the governments of Kenya and Denmark and UNFPA are co-convening the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, a high-level conference to mobilize the political will and financial commitments we urgently need to finally and fully implement the ICPD Programme of Action. These commitments will be centred around achieving zero unmet need for family planning information and services, zero preventable maternal deaths, and zero sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls. The Summit aims to bring everyone together: heads of state, ministers, parliamentarians, thought-leaders, technical experts, civil society organizations, grassroots organizations, young people, business and community leaders, faith-based organizations, indigenous peoples, international financial institutions, people with disabilities, academics and many others interested in the pursuit of sexual and reproductive health and rights. What will the summit cover? The Summit will take an integrated approach, covering five themes and highlighting the power of gender equality, youth leadership, political and community leadership, innovation and data, and partnerships to accelerate progress throughout.
  1. Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights as a part of universal health coverage.
  2. Financing required to complete the ICPD. Programme of Action, and to sustain the gains made.
  3. Drawing on demographic diversity to drive economic growth and achieve sustainable development.
  4. Ending gender-based violence and harmful practices.
  5. Upholding the right to sexual and reproductive health care even in humanitarian and fragile contexts.
The Nairobi Summit will reenergize the global community, breathe new life into the ICPD agenda and sustain and amplify gains made since 1994. It will be a springboard for governments and other organizations to announce voluntary, global commitments—including financial ones—that will accelerate progress. Innovative financial models and far more resources—from governments, international financial institutions and even private sector partners—are required to finish the ICPD agenda by 2030.


Upcoming Event

National Conference On Gender Based Violence 16th - 17th October 2019 To Be Hosted By State Department For Gender

The Conference is expected to attract about 450 participants from: line Ministries, the 47 counties, development partners

National Conference On Gender Based Violence 16th - 17th October 2019 To Be Hosted By State Department For Gender

    • Gender Based Violence is a complex and pervasive problem that not only violates human rights, but remains a challenge to public health, economic and social development. It cuts across borders and is perpetuated by various facets of life, community and society, both in humanitarian and development contexts.
  • Kenya has robust policies and laws that seek to prevent and respond to GBV and is also a signatory to international and regional human rights frameworks that aim to prevent and respond to GBV. Still, the country paints a grim picture with reports of GBV in both the mainstream and social media progressing considerably. Country data shows that 45 percent of women and 44 percent of men age 15-49 have experienced physical violence, and 14 percent of Kenyan women age 15-49 have experienced sexual violence.
  • The causes of GBV are multi-dimensional and deeply rooted in unequal power relations both at structural and cultural levels. Historically, both women and children have borne the brunt of cultural norms and practices that perpetuate GBV. The consequences of GBV are often grave and impact adversely on the health and wellbeing of the affected individuals. Effects of GBV are equally felt at the family, community and societal levels, and continue to be an impediment to the optimal participation of women in development.
  • GBV remains an area of significant concern in Kenya, albeit with a handful of promising interventions. It is imperative to create and sustain a supportive environment that addresses the complex needs of survivors and their families, and adequately provides coping mechanisms. Additionally, designing and implementing preventative strategies at multiple levels, including the rehabilitation and reintegration of perpetrators, is equally critical in averting future violence.
The Conference is expected to attract about 450 participants from: line Ministries, the 47 counties, development partners, civil society organizations and other stakeholders. The National Conference on Gender Based Violence (GBV) will mark an important milestone for reflection and taking stock of the progress so far recorded in efforts to eliminate GBV in Kenya. The theme for the two-day meeting is: The Missing Agenda: Accountability towards Gender Based Violence. The National Conference on GBV being held under the auspices of the GOK-UN Joint Programme on Prevention and Response to GBV (JP-GBV) will be hosted by The State Department of Gender (SDG) of The Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender, in partnership with The County Government of Nairobi, The United Nations Agencies, Civil Society and other stakeholders. The two-day duty bearers conference has been proposed to take place between 16th and 17th October 2019 in Nairobi. Objectives of the Summit:
  1. This conference will provide a platform for:
  2. The voices of survivors of GBV to be heard in a call for change and to galvanize increased state and non-state engagement and collective accountability in GBV prevention and response.
  • Engaging, interrogating and stimulate conversations to provide lasting solutions to prevention of violence against women in elections
  1. National and County Governments to appraise progresses made, share insights and lessons learnt, and make measurable commitments to addressing persisting structural and system gaps.
  2. GBV practitioners to explore and share innovative strategies, good practices, evidence-based work, resources and tools.
Nine panel discussion sessions which will be built into the theme as follows:
  1. Survivors experiences and the gaps in implementation.
  2. National Duty Bearers:interrogating gains made over the last two years”
  • Good practices and sharing of innovations.
  1. Policies and laws.
  2. Gender Based Violence: a multi-faceted issue.
  3. Coordination.
  • Accountability for Prevention and Response to GBV.
  • Gender Based Violence in Emergencies.
  1. Innovations and Technology (Innovative technology solutions aimed at preventing and responding to GBV).
Expected Outputs
  1. Conference report
  2. Compilation of good practices, innovative strategies and lessons learnt
  3. Online publications - iosoft technologies


Past Event

12th WAMM, Nairobi Kenya from 16th to 20th Sept 2019

This is the 12th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting in Kenya from 16th to 20th September. The meeting will bring together ministers for gender and women’s affairs to review and appraise the progress towards achieving the Commonwealth’s four…See More - iosoft technologies


Ongoing Project

Greening Kenya project

The Greening Kenya project is being implemented by National Youth Service (NYS) and Kenya Prisons. The two institutions came together in a joint programme dubbed ‘Greening Kenya’ to grow 50 million tree seedlings to help meet the target. Other benefits to be accrued from this programme include mitigating climate change and raising environmental awareness, generating income for households and communities as well as attaining the constitutional requirement of 10% tree cover.
Ongoing Project

Mbele na Biz Competition

The MbeleNaBiz business plan competition (“MbeleNaBiz”) is an initiative of the Government of Kenya, under the Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Project (KYEOP). MbeleNaBiz aims to expand new and existing youth-led enterprises by providing them with grant funding and/or business plan training. MbeleNaBiz is implemented by the Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA) and the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs (MPYG), with support from the World Bank.
Ongoing Project

Operationalizing Youth Empowerment Centres

The Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender through the State Department for Youth is in the process of operationalizing the existing one hundred and fifty two (152) Youth Empowerment Centres (YECs) countrywide. The YECs are envisioned to be a ‘One Stop Shop’ that will provide youth friendly services to the in order to address their diverse socio-economic needs.  The Ministry has refurbished and operationalized 21 YECs countrywide.

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