Kenyan advocates unite in a new push to achieve gender equality
A new advocacy Campaign called Deliver for Good was launched today in Kenya by a coalition of senior Kenyan advocates and national and international partners. The launch kick starts a new effort to fuel lasting change for Kenyan girls and women and to drive progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Campaign brings together diverse stakeholders to accelerate national efforts to achieve gender equality. Its formal launch in Nairobi convened high-level government representatives and leading civil society advocates to: 1) discuss how we change the narrative around girls and women—talking about them as powerful agents of change rather than vulnerable people; 2) bring together unexpected partners working across sectors; and 3) inspire action to help the country achieve the SDGs and become a gender equal nation.
Following a global launch of the Deliver for Good Campaign in 2016, Kenya was identified as the first focus country for dedicated advocacy and communication efforts to build upon existing Kenyan activities.
“Gender equality advocates in Kenya are committed to working together towards our shared goals for girls and women,” said Teresa Omondi-Adeitan, Executive Director of FIDA Kenya, the coordinating partner for the Kenya Campaign. “The Deliver for Good Kenya Campaign creates a necessary platform to mobilize collectively around common goals that move us closer to achieve gender equality and the SDGs.”
Currently, more than 400 organizations globally have signed on to the Campaign, building a movement to catalyze action for girls and women.
“Kenya has a strong and impressive network of advocates working to prioritize girls and women at all levels of society,” said Katja Iversen, President/CEO of Women Deliver. “The network of advocates, alongside the Government of Kenya – which has shown a strong commitment to action the Sustainable Development Agenda – creates a powerful force for impact. It is such an honor to be a part of this collaboration in Kenya and I offer my congratulations for the momentous step we are taking to drive transformative change together.”
Speaking at the launch,Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Professor Margaret Kobia commented: “Over the last few years, we have seen women in Kenya rising to positions of leadership within families, communities, and government. But we are not fully there yet. We arecommitted to working collaboratively – including with the Deliver for Good Kenya Campaign – to improve the lives of girls and women. This will benefit all Kenyans and help us to deliver effectively on our national development priorities.”
The Campaign policy priorities are closely aligned with the Big Four Agenda and the government’s existing commitments to prioritize gender equality at the national and subnational levels.
“We know there are strong policies and commitments in place,” said Memory Kachambwa, the Executive Director of FEMNET – a Deliver for Good Campaign partner at the global and national levels. “Now we must work together and advocate to ensure they are implemented effectively and make the intended impact toward transforming the lived realities of girls and women in Kenya.”
Speaking at today’s high-level launch event, international Campaign supporters from the Governments of Canada and the Government of Denmark commented:
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark – a Deliver for Good Campaign Influencer said: “The launch of the Deliver for Good Campaign in Kenya comes at a time when gender equality movements are gaining momentum around the world. For me, one of the elements that makes the ‘Deliver for Good’ campaign unique and inspiring is that, rather than focusing on the problems, girls and women face – we know them all too well – it focuses on solutions and benefits and the resource that women and girls are. Partnerships are powerful and I am confident the Deliver for Good Kenya Campaign will demonstrate this.”
Ulla Tørnæs, Minister of Development Cooperation of Denmark added: “The Government of Denmark has supported the Deliver for Good Campaign since inception and has been a longtime partner for development in Kenya. From the global to national levels, the evidence shows us that investing in girls and women isn’t just the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do and essential to achieving the development goals in Kenya, in Denmark, and across the globe. More than ever, we need leadership and partnership to drive this common agenda forward.”
Isabelle Bérard, Assistant Deputy Minister for Environment and Climate Change in Canada, explained: “Through the Government of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, we have made a firm commitment to investing in gender equality advocacy at home and around the world. We look forward to working alongside Kenyan civil society and government in this commitment and to together charting a new way forward for girls and women in Kenya. The Assistant Deputy Minister also said: “Canada is thrilled to host the Women Deliver Conference which will be a huge opportunity for us to further raise the profile of gender equality issues and to move the needle on women’s and girls’ empowerment in a concrete way.”