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Pre-Women Deliver Conference 2016 Nairobi Event

11.05.2016  08:43
Government of Kenya, Embassy of Denmark and UN issued on Tuesday a joint press statement on Women Deliver Conference 2016 to be held in Copenhagen Denmark 16th-19th May 2016.

In anticipation of the 2016 Women Deliver Conference which will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark from 16th-19th May 2016.  The Embassy in Nairobi yesterday presented a joint press statement and hosted a networking reception with the Ministry of Public Service Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Mrs Sicily K. Kariuki (CBS), Principal Secretary for Gender Affairs, Mrs. Zeinab Hussein, the UN Women, UNFPA and several Kenyan civil society organisations participating in the Women Deliver Conference.


The purpose of the event was to discuss the expectations for the Women Deliver Conference and also to provide a platform for the Kenyan delegation to coordinate and network ahead of the Conference.




The conference is one of the world’s largest global events to focus on the health, rights and well-being of girls and women and it brings together world leaders, policymakers and advocates representing over 150 countries. The focus of the 2016 conference is on how to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development so that it relates to most girls and women, with a specific focus on maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights and the inter-connections with gender equality, education, environment, and economic empowerment.


Both the Cabinet Secretary and the CSO’s present expressed their gratitude at being brought together and they were all eager to continue their discussions on how to move their common agenda forward.


In her remarks on behalf of the partners, CS Sicily Kariuki said that the conference presented a unique opportunity for the Kenyan government to share with its development partners, the private sector and others the Government’s unique 5P program for addressing the scourge of SGBV in the country. The 5P SGBV response framework developed jointly with the UN seeks to create a comprehensive response framework along the SGBV value chain from Prevention to Protection. The government strongly believes the 5P framework will foster an impact based response and it showcases strong investment by the government and its partners in the wellbeing of girls and women. SGBV which encompasses domestic violence, FGM and other harmful traditional practices plays a great role in preventing girls and women from reaching their fullest potential.


She added that both Denmark and Kenya are firmly committed to use the 2030 Agenda to push for sustainable societies with growth, where everybody will have the opportunity to determine their own destinies, make their own choices and live the life they want.


Lastly, the Women Deliver Conference 2016 presents a unique opportunity to harness commitments, partnerships and networks to help prevent deaths of girls and women from pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes that occur every year.   It is the partners’ desire that all interested actors will seize the opportunity to be an active part of defining how to promote the health and rights of girls and women and as a result invest in girls and women in Copenhagen from the 16th -19th May 2016.


The full press statement can be found here.