The MenEngage Kenya Network (MenKen) took part in the Kenya Chapter Africa UNiTE Campaign that was launched on November 14th and 15th 2012. Officially launched by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Development, Dr. Naomi Shaban, this campaign also marked a new era in MenKen’s growth and activities. Notably, MenKen took the opportunity to present its work on men and boys for gender equality. The widely-publicized events were also preceded by a media briefing where the Africa UNiTE Campaign background was shared.
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The campaign culminated with a climb of Mt Kilimanjaro, which was a symbolic gesture of raising a voice to end violence against women.
“The climb is symbolic and illustrated that the journey to put an end to gender-based violence is not an easy one but with many challenges that lay ahead and requires vigilance, commitment and determination to overcoming them”, explained Ms Ann Njogu, the Africa UNiTE Campaign Ambassador in Kenya.
With the ultimate goal of reducing the prevalence of gender-based violence, the Africa UNiTE campaign aims to create a favourable and supportive environment for governments, in partnership with civil society experts, to be able to fulfil existing policy commitments. Its objectives, as outlined in the Africa UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women and Girls Framework and Work plan, also include raising awareness and increase political will and resources for preventing and responding to all forms of violence against women and girls in Africa.
According to MenKen, the event was an important opportunity to present and engage with key sectors on the following thematic areas:
- Legislative Framework in GBV Prevention and Response, Best Practices, Lessons Learnt and Challenges
- Combating GBV – Role of Faith-Based Organizations, Community Leaders, the Private Sector and the Media
- Violence against Children in Kenya
The Campaign Steering Committee and Goals
The Africa UNiTE Steering Committee for the Kenya Chapter was established with the overall goal to provide a collective platform to a wide range of stakeholders including government, civil society organizations, the private sector, the media and the entire UN system. These stakeholders will collaborate to harmonize and synergize efforts towards raising public awareness, stimulating behaviour change and increasing political will and resources, to respond to national issues related to the prevention of gender-based violence, the promotion of justice and the provision of services to survivors of violence.