Governments of Kenya and Finland have a long-standing collaboration in support of women´s participation in peacebuilding and conflict prevention. The partnership culminated in the launch of the Kenya National Action Plan for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
Finland and Kenya have partnered since 2009 in support of the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The Resolution aims at increasing women’s role and contributions to conflict prevention and resolution, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding.
It recognizes that excluding women from any kind of community process, including peacemaking processes, is saying no to progress and no to true peace.
The National Action Plan provides a comprehensive approach to the implementation of UNSCR 1325. It is expected to enhance coordination among all relevant actors, raise awareness, and increase accountability among actors responsible for implementing commitments related to women´s participation in peace and security.
The Finnish support has comprised of, for example, learning missions and technical assistance and funding to institutions like National Gender and Equality Commission, the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs and National Steering Committee on Peace-building and Conflict Management. UN Women has played a key role in supporting the national stakeholders.
Finland also supports UN Women´s work both with Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, and Ministry of Defense. As a result of the collaboration women have increased spaces to operate within the security sector. UN Women has also empowered women from Mandera and Wajir to contribute and advocate for greater participation in all stages of the on-going peace-building process.
The Kenya National Action Plan was launched on the International Women´s Day 2016 by Her Excellency, the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. Cabinet Secretary of Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Sicily Kariuki, eminent women leaders and other high-level guests were present. Over 3000 guests attended the event and it was shown live on TV.