Organized by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Inclusive Social Development in collaboration with Strathmore’s Centre for Research on Organizations Work & Family, The Institute for Family Studies & Ethics and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection
At Strathmore University Business School- Nairobi, Kenya
The Kenyan Ministry of Labour and Social Protection that is in charge of Family has since 2014 enhanced its efforts to collaborate with various stakeholders to promote the UN International Day of the Family. As part of the action points during the 2015 UN International Day of the Family, whose theme was “Family: Hope of the Nation”, that was graced by Her Excellence the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta , the Ministry with stakeholders’ present resolved to develop a National Family Policy. In September 2015 a Technical Working Group comprising of Academia, representatives of the major religions in Kenya and critical stakeholders working with the Family was convoked by the Ministry through the Principal Secretary Susan Mochache . The team has been working with various stakeholders to-date. On May 15th, 2018, Her Excellency the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta was the guest yet again and she made a note on the progress of National Policy on Family Promotion and Protection, calling “for more efforts to create an environment where families can be strong and stable”
In June 2018, The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, through the coordinating efforts of one of the Technical Working Group Members, Raymond Mutura of Strathmore University Business School, requested for Capacity Building towards the National Policy on Family Promotion and Protection from the United Nation’s Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Ms Daniela Bas responded in August 2018 on the affirmative.
Between April 23-26, 2019 a workshop with the theme “Aligning Kenyan’s Draft National Policy on Family Promotion and Protection with Sustainable Development Goals” was organized by UNDESA, in collaboration with Strathmore’s Centre for Research on Organizations Work and Family and the Institute for Family Studies and Ethics, together with the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection. In his opening remaks , the Cabinet Secretary, Hon. (Amb) Ukur Yatani of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection noted that “ the Family Promotion and Protection Policy is the first single policy framework in Kenya since independence that speaks to the family as a unit. He further noted that “the policy brings the agenda of families to the government and provides a basis to access resources that can be geared towards supporting families in Kenya.”. On her part Ms Daniela Bas , , whose remarks were given by Mr. Oleg Serezhin , noted that a successful family policy or programme will require both integration of a family perspective and advocacy on family issues and that the United Nations was committed to continue to fulfil this function at the international level and keen to promote it at the national level as well
Dr. Jane Wathuta Director of the Institute for Family Studies and Ethics at Strathmore University, gave an analysis of the policy and provided some guidelines for the plan of action on its implementation. In her analysis the following SDGs were given prominence 1,2,3,4,5, 11 & 16 and relevant targets under those SDGs. The capacity building workshop provided insights that enabled the policy to align to international standards and incorporate recommendations to reflect relevant SDGs in the final draft policy. Other speakers and experts included Dr. Geoge Njenga, Executive Dean Strathmore University Business School, Renata Kaczmarska from UNDESA Raymond Mutura, Susan Mutungi from the Ministry , Zitha Mokomane from the University of Pretoria, Leah Wanjama (Kenyatta University), Robinson Ocharo (University of Nairobi), Regina Eya (Enugu State University), Ignacio Socias Director of Communication from the International Federation for Family Development. On the 4th day, a Public Event was organized to highlight to the public the key outcomes of the Capacity Building Workshop and to provide a proposed plan of action to the technical working group and the Ministry. The Key resolutions included: (1) On the State of the Family Report proposed, more better and reliable data with coordination of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (2) Policy issues should be articulated with data (3) Incorporate the SDGs finding/perspectives into the Draft Family Policy. These were SDG’s 1,2,3,4,5, 11 & 16 with insights out of Dr. Jane’ Wahuta’s paper that provided a Kenyan perspective (4) Faciliate political commitment with Council of Governors, Inter-govermental relations technical committee (IGRTC), SDGs leadership, Big4 Agenda and Vision 20130 (5) Faciliate reports internally and share with the UNDESA-DISD team(s) (6) Continue consultations with key stakeholders in the Ministry for the Family Policy to be adopted.
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