International Women's Day 2016 (#IWD2016)

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women for their economic, political and social achievements.

This year, Tuesday 8th March marked the International Women’s Day. The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” as set out by the United Nations and Pledge for Parity more here. To see how the day was celebrated around the world, click here

The celebratory activities to mark the International Women's Day here in Kenya were held by the UNWOMEN office in Nairobi under their country joint programme, Delivering as one on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (DaO_GEWE). The theme of the event was Husisha Wanawake, Dumisha Amani (literally translated to mean Involve Women, Maintain Peace).

The activities included a march from Uhuru Park located in the central business district of Nairobi to Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC) located still in the CBD. The Speaker of the National Parliament Hon. Justin Muturi flagged of the walk together with the UNWOMEN Executive Director, Ms. Zebib Kavuma.

The main agenda for the day was the launch of the Kenya National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. The resolution reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security. The National Action Plan provides a comprehensive approach to the implementation of UNSCR 1325. It is expected to enhance coordination among all relevant actors, raise awareness, and increase accountability among actors responsible for implementing commitments related to women´s participation in peace and security. Her excellency the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta officiated the launch of the Kenya National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325. Cabinet Secretary of Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Sicily Kariuki, Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) Chair-lady, Hon. Cecily Mbarire, Representatives from various diplomatic missions, Civil Society, other United Nations Agencies, the arts industry and over 3000 guests graced the occasion.

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