During the 58th Commission on Social Development held at the United Nations in New York, IFFD, awarded the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection an IFFD 2020 Award on its task in coming up with the National Policy on Family Promotion and Protection.
The International Federation for Family Development (IFFD) is a non-governmental, independent and non-profit federation that advocates for family responsive legislation through the promotion of evidence-based policy recommendations. IFFD’s primary mission is to support families through training.
The National Policy on Family Promotion and Protection aims to promote the recognition of the family as a natural and functional unit. It is deemed that this policy will facilitate the creation of an environment that will strengthen the capacity of families to enhance and support the socio-economic empowerment and nurturance.
This policy is built around the recognition of the family as a fundamental social unit and of the various educational, nurturing and caring functions they perform towards their members. It further identifies challenges facing families and provides a broad-based framework for implementing strategies that will enable families to make meaningful participation in the development processes.
In his acceptance remarks the Hon. Patrick K. Ole Ntutu, Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry Of Labour And Social Protection, on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary said “The Government of Kenya recognizes that the family is owed protection by society and the State as indicated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Constitution of Kenya in its Preamble upholds the commitment to nurturing and protecting the wellbeing of the family. “
“Kenya has worked in partnership with various stakeholders in the process of developing the National Policy on Family Promotion and Protection. One of the key stakeholders in the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) who in collaboration with Strathmore University Business School supported the incorporation of international standards and practices and inclusion of relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”