A group in Kenya, Voice for Women and Girls’ Rights-Kenya (VWGR), has welcomed the government’s initiative which targets eliminating Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in workplaces within the country as early as 2026.
The commendation from the group came after an announcement by President Uhuru Kenyatta who assured the public of his strong commitment to ratify and implement the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 190 on eliminating Gender-Based Violence (GBV), and harassment in the workplace by 2026.
“When countries respect women rights, promote gender equality, and put women and girls at the centre of their development agenda, their societies and economies thrive, and those benefits extend far into future generations,” he said.
President Kenyatta further acknowledged that women are the pillars on which society leans. He noted that:
“Indeed, women are the pillar upon which society leans. Women are drivers of family health and welfare; they inculcate values and nurture the young, and they exert a powerful influence on intergenerational outcomes for their children.”
Mr. Sammy Muraya, the Programs Director at VWGR-Kenya, a project of the Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), noted that the government’s move to take GBV issues more seriously means a lot for the country, but he called for the implementation of such policies, urging the government to undertake to achieve results as well.