THE IMPACT OF GENDER MAINSTREAMING AS A TOOL OF INCLUSION IN KENYA- A CASE STUDY OF KOJWACH WARD KABONDO KASIPUL CONSTITUENCY
ELON MIDIGO AKUNO
Data Assistant at ‘The Women’s Initiative in Education’ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABSTRACT Gender mainstreaming is a new concept and approach towards socio-economic development that has been introduced in Kenya’s policy and strategy framework to actively involve women and men as equals in order to attain sustainable social development. If there is any degree of dis-inclusivity in this approach then the country may not achieve any overall meaningful development. Several studies have shown from empirical evidences where there is gender inclusivity (parity) and sensitivity in revenue allocation, distribution and disbursements gender lead sectors ultimately promote social cohesion and tranquility in the society. The study examined how the gender mainstreaming used as tool of inclusivity in Kojwach Ward, Kabondo Kasipul constituency. The main objectives of the study were to assess the impact of gender mainstreaming on inclusion at kojwach Ward. Secondary data and primary data were used as main source of information in this study. Structured open ended questionnaires were administered to the respondents in Kojwach ward. The target population included; school enrollment and employment in schools, health centers, local administration, county and central government employment with key interest on gender inclusion. Descriptive statistics such as frequencies and cumulative frequencies and frequency percentages were used for data analysis and interpretation. The findings from the study revealed that women are highly disadvantaged in terms of school enrollment in secondary schools, employment in ward and in the country as a whole. Gender mainstreaming tool is crucial in identifying the level and rate of gender inclusivity in Kojwach. There is need to ensure there is equal participation of women and men and maintain gender parity. The level of development indicators in Kojwach as compared to other Wards in Kenya mainly due to non –inclusion of women in development agenda.
Cite this article: Akuno, E.M. (2019). The Impact of Gender Mainstreaming as a Tool of Inclusion in Kenya- A Case Study of Kojwach Ward Kabondo Kasipul Constituency. International Journal of Arts and Commerce, 8(7), 1-16.