New Gender report reveals numerous gaps in gender equality mainstreaming in Nakuru

A new Gender report released in Nakuru on Wednesday shows there are numerous gaps in gender equality mainstreaming at the Nakuru County Government in terms of service delivery.

Nakuru based Centre for enhancing Democracy and Good Governance-CEDGG in collaboration with other partners has released an audit report on service delivery in Nakuru by the county government.

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.

According to the findings in the report, the staff at the County Government of Nakuru has inadequate awareness of gender equality mainstreaming hence need for adequate sensitization.

It further indicates that that Nakuru County government has inadequate staff for managing Gender equality mainstreaming agenda.In addition, there are no clear plans and budgets for Gender issues.

“The Directorate of Gender is the driver of the gender agenda in the county yet suffers consistent negative budget reviews at the county level: There is need to allow the directorate opportunity to participate in budgeting activities to ensure gender responsive budgeting is in place” states the report.

Ms Njeri Muhia from Global Consultancy that partnered with CEDGG among other partners to come up with the Gender report says the county government of Nakuru should work closely with other partners in implementing the recommendations.

Among the recommendations in the report is the development, enactment and implementation of a county Gender mainstreaming and women empowerment policy, strategy and institutional framework.

The county through partnership has also to ensure that there is capacity building for gender mainstreaming and women empowerment.

“There should be the development, enactment and implementation of a county Gender mainstreaming and women empowerment policy, strategy and institutional framework” she said.

Similar sentiments echoed by Masese Kemunche from Centre for enhancing Democracy and Good Governance-CEDGG.

Nakuru Chief Officer for Gender, Culture and Social services Ms Tumme Abduba was represented by Director Josephat Kimemia who assured that the department will work to ensure issues Gender equality are promoted.According to Kimemia, the department will work closely with other partners to ensure the same is achieved.

“As a department will work to ensure issues Gender equality are promoted” said Kimemia.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Masese Kemunche from Centre for enhancing Democracy and Good Governance-CEDGG addressing during the launch of the Gender Audit report.