Equality and Inclusion Status Report launched

The Equality and Inclusion Status Report was launched on Wednesday by the National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC).

The launch, which brought together stakeholders and partners from both the private and public sector was officiated by Irungu Nyakera, Principal Secretary, Planning and Statistics, Ministry of Devolution and Planning.

The report seeks to address social inequalities by provoking mechanisms that will lead to an equal society for all, a society free of poverty, social integration and attainment of full employment. The report was said to have used the same framework as used for the census and the World Economic Forum.

Irungu said that the concept of inequality was a matter that Kenya was seeking to address and said that he is encouraged that the report captures government efforts in the social sector.

We have to our advantage one of the most transformative constitutions in the world and the report we are launching explores the extent to which inclusion has progressed. This is a welcome initiative by the NGEC, said Irungu.

He further said that all these initiatives by the government will bear fruit. We have begun to see dividends of affirmative action; the recommendations of the report are in line with the vision 2030 blueprint, they are anchored in three main pillars of the vision, he said.

Acting CEO NGEC, Paul Kuria said the report includes the special interest groups involved.

This report was established to see the extent to which groups have participated in all spheres of development, as we launch this report today we have to appreciate how complex this subject of equality is, said Kuria.

The NGEC is constitutionally mandated to promote gender quality and inclusion under Article 10 and 27. The launch marks the first status report on gender and will now be used as a point of reference. The report also now makes it possible for better planning an inclusion.

Also present during the launch ceremony was the Executive Director of the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), Dr. Rose Ngugi. KIPPRA was one of the major partners to the report.

Ngugi said their main mandate is to carry out research and capacity building for key stakeholders and we provided overall leadership in this study.

This gave me the confidence in terms of partnerships across the spectrum; I recognise that the compilation of this report began all the way in 2013. The study benefited from insightful input and comments from every County Government and institutions like the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), she added.

The NGEC chairperson, Commissioner Winfred Lichuma said that the report is essentially an audit of the measures and performance that the country has undertaken in institutionalizing the principles of inclusion and equality for all persons as prescribed in the constitution.

Kenya is a signatory to many international and regional treaties and commitments that is at the heart of its development agenda, she said.

The report looks into four pillars: Education, Employment, Political Representation and Social Protection. The commission deliberately focused on the four sectors because of their influence on equality and inclusion agenda in relation to the six special interest groups, (SIGs).

Source: Kenya News Agency