Speaking during the closing ceremony Dr James Nyikal, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development observed that although women rarely wage war, yet they often suffer the worst of its consequences.
noted that gender based violence, including race, is increasingly being used as a weapon of war and the immediate toll it takes extends far beyond its direct victims, tearing apart families and shattering societies for generations to come.
"We know that conflicts increasingly affect civilians, who are involved on fighting - especially women and girls.
We all witnessed this during Kenya's post-election violence after the 2007 general elections," he
observed and added that women's access to justice in the aspects of peace and conflict situations is often wanting, as it remains largely inaccessible to many of them.
The PS said Kenyan government is committed to implementing the National Plan of Action for the UN Resolution 1325 in the country and calls on other actors to establish their role in achieving this goal.
The government will also facilitate the implementation of the Counter Trafficking Act 2011 as well as the Female Genital Mutilation Prohibition Act, 2011.
The PS acknowledged the efforts by Civil Society Organisations in Kenya to compliment the work of the government to end gender based violence.
however noted that coordination has continued to be a big challenge and his
ministry in the framework of the Government of Kenya/UN Joint Programme of GEWE is developing a national coordination structure for gender issues which will lead to the strengthened effective and synergy building on prevention and response activities at all levels.
said more strengthened partnership between the Government of Kenya, civil society, the UN and development partners will be enabled to make best use of their individual and collective resources.
"This increased collaboration will help to avoid duplication and fragmentation of resources.
It is therefore, my hope that all actors will heed to the call to work more cohesively to address the issues and gaps that have been identified by this three days event," he