NCIC/UN Women Partnership
1. NCIC & UN Women Training of Women and Youth in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building: Quest for free, fair and peaceful environment in 2012 general elections
This project is a partnership between the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) and the UN WOMEN. It was designed in line with the UN WOMEN’s Gender Governance Programme (GGP III) Kenya Programme for 2008 – 2011 whose focus is to project gender equality, peaceful and effective participation of youth and women in all structures of governance at local and national levels. The project falls under NCIC’s mandate to promote equality, peaceful co-existence, cohesion, integrity, non discrimination and enhancing an environment for free, fair and peaceful general elections in 2012.
The key target areas for this project are women and youth who were the main victims and perpetrators of 2007/2008 post-election violence. Priority is given to leaders of women and youth led organizations (self-help groups, Community-based organizations, women groups, youth groups) in the three pilot regions of Central, Rift Valley and Nyanza so as to impart them with necessary skill in promoting peaceful elections in their respective counties.
These three regions were the epicenter of highly charged political and electoral competition dating back to the early 1990s when multi-partyism was re-introduced in the country. The three region combined are home to about half of Kenya’s thirty eight million population and more than 50% (26 of the 47 counties) of the total number of counties in the country. They were also the worst hit regions during the post-election violence of 2007 and early 2008 and are likely to experience highly competitive politics in the 2012 General Elections. They are also the havens for more than half of the 33-militia groups that were proscribed by the Government.
Other implementing partners include the Centre for Multi-Party Democracy, Interim Independent Electoral Commission (now Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) and FIDA (Federation of Women Lawyers).
The training has so far been successfully held in six (6) out of the 7 counties targeted (Kiambu, Nakuru, Kisumu, Narok Muranga and Trans Nzoia). More than 290 youth and women leaders have so far been trained in conflict resolution and peace-building with the only County yet to be covered being Migori County.
The Project has significantly enhanced Conflict Resolution and Peace-building skills and knowledge of the targeted women and youth leaders. This can be deduced from the peace related activities/initiatives undertaken by the participants since the training.