The Kwale County Government of Kenya has launched its County Action Plan to localize Kenya’s National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security 2020 – 2024 (KNAPII).
Kwale is the fourth district to develop a Local Action Plan acknowledging the crucial role of women in peace and social cohesion. At the launch event, Yusuf Lule Mwatsefu, Executive Director of UN Women Partners – Human Rights Agenda, explained the importance of this action plan for the coastal district:
“Kwale is affected by numerous factors that are undermining the peace for its citizens. Yet, despite consolidated efforts, more can be accomplished if we recognize and strengthen the role of women in the community in resolving and mitigating the impact of this insecurity. The women of Kwale have already demonstrated the value they bring to conflict resolution and this action plan will shake up those already committed to peace and encourage more to take up the call.”
The action plan will guide local strategic actions that facilitate meaningful participation of women in peace and security work, with a focus on all four pillars of the country’s national action plan – participation, prevention, protection, and relief and recovery. It also includes an implementation framework with indicators to measure progress and list responsibilities for both state and non-state actors.
KNAPII is the second phase of this policy framework, which provides direction for gender mainstreaming in peacebuilding and conflict resolution in development policies, plans and projects, and enables communities and peace structures. In her speech at the launch event, Anna Mutavati, representative of the United Nations countries for women, welcomed the action plan and focused on the implementation:
“The development of this action plan clearly sets out the intentions of the Kenyan government to take a leadership role in the peace and security agenda for women. Alongside governments, women’s rights organizations and peace actors, UN Women must ensure consistent implementation, recognizing the impact and challenges that conflict poses on the ground. It sets a standard and will increase security in a region that manages multiple and overlapping drivers of conflict.”
UN Women, supported by the Finnish government, has been working with the Kenyan government since 2010 to domesticate the UN Security Council 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) through a twinning process in which the Global South and North work together, to advance the WPS agenda.
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