Kenya

Plan launched 8 March 2016. “To involve women is to sustain peace” Expires 2018.

Objectives/Aims

1.  Participation and promotion: Active and increased participation of women at  all decision-making levels and in all institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management and resolution of conflict. Promoting gender perspectives in conflict resolution processes.                                                                                                     

2. Prevention: The prevention of violations against women and girls, in particular the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence and  discriminatory practices, abuse, and exploitation                                                               

3. Protection: Protection of women and girls against violence, which  negates their safety, personal dignity, and empowerment.                                                                                  

4. Relief and recovery: The effective, meaningful, and timely  participation of women in all stages of design and implementation of relief  and recovery programs, including, in disarmament and demobilization  programs (DDR). Measures that are responsive to women's security needs and  priorities.

Commentary

"The greatest contemporary threats to Kenya’s peace and security are posed by transnational networks of terrorist  groups operating within Kenya’s boundaries and in neighbouring Somalia."  This includes Al Qaeda and Al Shabaab.  "Internally, conflicts within and between pastoral and agricultural communities periodically lead to outbreaks of violence. These  conflicts are exacerbated by fragile ecological conditions and competition  for natural resources. Other factors such as political competition among  clans and communities, stock theft, human–wildlife conflict, and the  availability of illicit small arms have complicated and changed the conflict dynamics."   "Threats to women’s security in Kenya are also rooted in  long-standing gender-based discrimination, which prior to 2010 was  structurally embedded in the country’s constitution, laws, policies, and  practices."              

Civil Society

"For implementation, the KNAP primarily relies on national mechanisms and institutions and the active engagement and collaboration of civil society  organizations and the private sector to deliver on the promises of UNSCR  1325."  

Women in Peacekeeping

"Our security sector is taking measures to improve the quality of women’s participation in and contribution to security in the country, and to increase their numbers. There is targeted recruitment, and Kenya has developed programs that integrate gender training for troops prior to deployment in peacekeeping operations, undertaken in line with UNSCRs 1325, 1820, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2106, 2122, and  2242 by the National Defence College."

UN Peacekeeping Statistics

Police  Officers: 10 out of 18                                         Experts on Mission: 5 out of 24                                                                                             Troops: 16 out of 87

Staff Officers: 12 of 46

Sources

1.  Kenya NAP                   2. UN -  Peacekeeping Contributions

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