From 4th to 6th December 2019, the second stakeholder’s workshop on the development of the national action plan for the implementation of the National Family Promotion and Protection Policy was held at the United Nations Office in Gigiri, Nairobi.
The 3-day workshop was jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection; State Department for Social Protection; the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Division for Inclusive Social Development and Strathmore University, Center for Research on Organizations, Work and Family (CROWF).
This second workshop aimed at developing and building consensus of the Draft National Action plan for the implementation of the policy in line with Article 45(1) of our Constitution which states that “The Family is the Natural and Fundamental unit of Society and the necessary basis of social order, and shall enjoy the recognition and protection of the State.”
Speaking at the official opening of the workshop, the Principal Secretary, State Department for Social Department, Mr. Nelson Marwa congratulated the members of the technical working group and the various stakeholders for working tirelessly to craft the Draft National Policy on Family Promotion and Protection.
“As key stakeholders implementing various family support programmes and projects, your input is very important as you deliberate and develop an action plan that will guide the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, line Ministries, Departments and Agencies, County Governments, civil society organizations, private sector, faith-based organizations and Development Partners on the implementation framework for the Draft National Policy on Family Promotion and Protection,” said PS Marwa.
Jacinta Mwende, a senior ministry official at the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection highlighted the main objectives of the workshops as: developing the National Plan of Action for the implementation of the National Policy on Family Promotion and Protection and bringing together government and Non- state actors together to partner in the implementation of the policy.
In conclusion, the workshop came up with thematic areas that needed to be incorporated in the Final Draft Family Policy include marriage; parenting and religion, Culture; family, education, health, economy, vulnerability, social protection, family security, entertainment, and media.