The Kenya National Action Plan (KNAP) on women, peace, and security has been received warmly by women leadership in Taita-Taveta County.
Speaking during the launch of a three-day sensitization and deliberation meeting on charting the way forward for a localized KNAP in the County Monday, Deputy Governor, Mjala Mlagui, said that the County’s Administration and the public, were ready to elevate the Kenyan woman to her rightful place in the society.
The meeting will culminate into a tailor-made action plan that will address problems that deny women the capacity to effectively participate in social and economic activities at the grassroots.
The local KNAP aims at advocating for women and girls’ rights and availing to them equal opportunities in an environment free from violence and discrimination.
These efforts are in line with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, which angles to achieve gender equality and at the same time empower all women and girls globally.
In 2012, the Kenyan Government actively resolved to address and respond to immediate and long-term issues on women’s peace and security.
This resolve was backed by the development of the National Action Plan (NAP) as guided by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
Kenya is now in the second phase of the plan dubbed KNAP II and has been running from 2020 through 2024.
Success has been seen in the ongoing mainstreaming of women’s issues and fortifying their role in peacebuilding and conflict management at all levels of society.
The National Government has also been keen on developing policies, plans, and projects that empower women and girls to be equally productive and socially accepted in all spheres of life.
By Arnold Linga Masila