A shared vision of equality and human rights
The GBV programme underscores the mutual priority areas of the Governments of Kenya and Finland. Speaking at the programme’s launch, Finland's Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Ambassador Pirkka Tapiola noted that GBV is a human rights issue.
"Finland was recently elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the years 2022-2024. As per our commitments during our campaign, we will be working to ensure the full realization of gender equality and women's rights," he said.
Ambassador Tapiola noted that the success of the programme rests on the commitment and contributions of all actors and stakeholders as GBV is a multisectoral challenge that requires multisectoral action. The programme, which NIRAS is implementing, will apply a human rights-based approach (accessibility, availability, affordability, acceptability, feasibility, and quality) to address barriers related to access to GBV services and prevention.
Present at the event were EU Head of Cooperation to Kenya, Irene Giribaldi; Bungoma Governor, Hon. Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati; State Department for Gender Principal Secretary, Prof. Collete Suda; and Chief Administrative Secretaries, Dr. Linah Jebii Kilimo and Hon. Rachel Shebesh among others.