Keeping the promise campaign launches in Nakuru County
The National Gender and Equality Commission is spearheading the "Keeping the promise end GBV campaign" that was launched in December 2014 at the conclusion of 16 Days of Activism. The activities to the lead up of the first phase of the campaign’s efforts have seen various duty bearers from Nyeri, Kilifi and Nakuru Counties sensitized on their roles and responsibilities towards the prevention and response to GBV in their respective counties. The duty bearers present included, County Commissioners, Police Commanders, Chief Magistrates, the Office of the Director of Prosecution, the County executive members in-charge of Health, Gender and Education,County members of parliament, the Teachers Service Commission and as well as representation from the Governor’s office.
The launch of the campaign in the counties consist of a two-day program: day one the duty bearers are sensitized on the duty bearers handbook; on the second day, the duty bearers and rights holders engage in a county accountability forum to develop county specific prevention and response interventions with regard to gender based violence.
During the engagement, the campaign identified champions who would keep the promise alive. These champions not only hold the baton to the eradication of GBV in their counties, they also offer the sustainability of the efforts and will serve as a reminder to the duty bearers of their responsibility to take charge.
The county launch of the campaign is marked by the placement of the county code of the Keeping the Promise map. So far we have 003,019 and today H.E. Kinuthia Mbugua marked 032!!!!
He also signed the pledge to commit to the eradication of GBV in Nakuru County.
“I commend the Nakuru County Governor H.E. Mbugua for understanding the issues that plague Nakuru county with regard to GBV” Commissioner Winfred Lichuma remarked at the launch of the Nakuru County Keeping the Promise Campaign, taking place at the Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge.
The launches would not have been possible of course without the help and support from the members of the National GBV sub-cluster working group who together with the NGEC conceptualized the campaign and have seen its growth and conceptualization. Partners who have not only offered technical and financial support but also CSO mobilization and visibility in the counties; these include UN Women, GVRC, Plan International Kenya and the Ford Foundation.
The online GBV forum (forum.ngeckenya.org) contains details of each of the county launches, and it will continue to be a platform for engagement and exposure of NGEC’s continuous bid towards prevention and response to GBV in Kenya. Also follow us on our twitter handle @keepnthepromise.
Remember, I can, you can, together, we can end GBV!!!