Gender Ministry, UNFPA Move to Reinforce Sexual, Gender Based Violence Eradication Programs

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development Aggrey Kibenge has today met with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country representative Alain Sibenaler where they discussed the strengthening of programmes aimed at ending sexual and gender based violence (GBV).

Alain commended the Ministry team for its commitment to the various programmes and pledged continued support to ensure that all forms of gender based violence are eliminated. He noted that Sweden and Austria were financing the initiatives and commended their support.

Alain called for the swift merging of the Sauti 116 helpline and the GBV hotline and revealed that a consultant has been brought on board to handle the merging process before the end of November.

Kibenge, on behalf of the Ministry of Gender, pledged commitment to ensuring that the existing sexuality education guidelines are reviewed and approved as one of the interventions to mitigate the rampant early pregnancies that were most seen during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

“The Ministry will also hold a cross border inter-ministerial televised meeting with Kenya as part of the activities during the 16 days of activism against GBV to discuss efforts to curb female genital mutilation (FGM) practices prevailing in some Kenyan and Ugandan localities,” he said.

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