Homa Bay Takes Steps to Eliminate Sexual and Gender-Based Violence with New Policy FrameworkBushnell Odhiambo
Homa Bay has today joined counties that have adopted a county-level policy on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) during this year’s International Women’s day celebrations.
“I am thrilled to launch our county’s SGBV Policy Framework that provides guidance on minimum standards and critical elements needed to tailor the responses of local authorities to the specific SGBV challenges faced,” Governor Gladys Wanga was speaking during the county’s colourful women’s day commemoration, that was graced by Dr. Ida Odinga at Tom Mboya university in Homa Bay town.
The occasion celebrated women’s achievements and progress made towards gender equality, the theme being “Innovation, Science, and Technology for Women’s Empowerment and Sustainable Development.”
The governor emphasized the need for gender-responsive approaches to innovation, technology, and digital education.
“Women have showcased their innovations and problem-solving projects on women and world’s emerging issues including climate change, inclusive education, smart farming, and investment. Our theme highlights the importance of digital technology in advancing gender equality and empowering women.” She added.
Homa Bay County Government has made significant steps in the elimination of Sexual and Gender Based Violence through development of a policy framework that will comprehensively promote, prevent, protect, and co-ordinate the myriad phases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence.
According to the governor, the policy addresses issues affecting Gender and Violence with regards to social, political, and economic forms of violence against boys, girls, women and men by ventilating on the mechanisms of addressing them.
Dr. Ida Odinga challenged women to stand firm in their resolve to make a difference in a world where there’s little to be proud of.
“Advancements in digital technology offer immense opportunities for women to address development and humanitarian challenges.”
The event attracted a large number of women who shared their experiences and insights on various topics related to gender equality
UN Women, African Guarantee Fund, Plan International, ABSA Bank and Stanbic Bank were key among partners who supported the county’s SGBV launch and reaffirmed their commitment to advancing gender equality and promoting women’s empowerment.
They urged women to take advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technology to make a difference in their communities.