Nakuru County has been lauded for giving priority to matters Gender.
Speaking in Nakuru on Friday, Public Service and Gender Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rachel Shebesh noted that Nakuru has several number of Gender Based Violence Recovery centres which is a plus in addressing gender issues.
The CAS who was on a supervision and fact finding mission on the COVID-19 Kazi Mtaani program called on other counties to emulate Nakuru on matters Gender.
“I have been informed by the Deputy Governor here that we have several recovery centres for GBV case and that is a good move. We call on counties to emulate Nakuru and set up a gender recovery centres” said Shebesh.
She said the move shows that Nakuru values issues to do with gender.
The CAS also revealing that the Ministry is now reaching out to counties on matters affirmative funds.
“The affirmative action fund, we are reaching out to county governments through the office of the county commissioner to ensure more women and youths take up these funds” she said.
According to her, the counties are more effective in ensuring women and youths secure the funds they are on ground.
She also challenged the counties to make good use of the media to ensure the country knows what Programs are running.
A year ago, a report was released in Nakuru on matters gender.
The report which focused on service delivery within Nakuru East and Nakuru West sub counties reveals various gaps in service delivery by the county government, with population for the analysis being drawn from senior staff of Nakuru and more so the Public Service Board.
During the launch of the report Gender, Culture and Social services Director Josephat Kimemia assured that the department will work to ensure issues of gender equality are promoted.
This has seen a great Collaboration for the enhancement of gender mainstreaming in the Nakuru County governance process.
There is the County GBV Technical Working Group made up of both state and non-state actors whose main mandate is prevention and response to sexual and gender based violence in the county through activities such as linkages, referrals and follow up of cases: activities which NGEC is intricately involved in.
Already, with the help of NGEC and other partners, the County GBV Technical Working group has been cascaded down to the sub-counties in form of clusters, with nine clusters having already been formed in Naivasha, Gilgil, Nakuru Town east, Nakuru Town west, Njoro, Molo, Kuresoi north, Kuresoi south and Bahati.