Eye-Opening and Engaging Discussions at the KIPPRA Conference
The 2nd KIPPRA annual regional conference took place at the Sarova Whitesands Hotel, Mombasa, from the 11th to the 13th of June 2019. Themed ‘A Gendered Approach to Unlocking the Potential for Sustainable Development,’ the successful event brought together about 450 participants, including legislators, diplomats, national and county government officials and representatives of local, international and non-governmental organizations. Selected students from various universities around the country were also in attendance and had a special session on the first day of the conference.
Discussions in the three-day conference centered around policies, legislative, regulatory and administrative frameworks that support a gendered approach to development; gendered approaches in achieving the objectives of the Big Four Agenda; data and gender statistics; gender-based violence, female genital mutilation, early and forced marriages; promoting gender equality in leadership and decision making; gender and disability mainstreaming; inequalities in the labour market, including unpaid care, wage disparities, and women/men in male/female-dominated areas; and gender dynamics in institutions of higher learning and persons with disability.
Among the keynote speakers during the conference were Chief Administrative Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Hon. Rachel Shebesh, Principal Secretary, Gender Affairs Hon. Safina Kwekwe, Senator Dr. Agnes Zani, Nairobi County Women Representative Hon. Esther Passaris, Likoni MP Hon. Mishi Mboko, political leader Hon. Martha Karua, Supreme Court Judge Lady Justice Njoki Ndung’u and first ladies from various counties led by their chairlady Mrs Nazi Kivutha. The KIPPRA Board Directors actively participated in the conference, including chairing key sessions in line with their specializations.
The conference received invaluable support from partners such as the National Gender and Equality Commission, County Assemblies Forum, Agricultural Finance Corporation, Akili Dada, Equality Now, UN Women, UNEP, NHIF, SDG-Kenya Forum, Mabati Rolling Mills, Development Initiatives, Council of Governors, Nursing Council of Kenya, Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGTRC), Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW), Practical Action, Signs Media, Standard Group Uraia Trust, UNICEF, Women Enterprise Fund, NGO-Coordination Board, Heinrich Böll Foundation and the host, Mombasa County.
The conference featured insightful presentations and discussions in plenary and panel sessions, breakaway groups, exhibitions and a students’ side event. KIPPRA also took advantage of the event to launch the Kenya Economic Report 2018, graduate the 2017/2018 Young Professionals and celebrate its ISO 9001:2015 certification.
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