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The 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), 4th to 15th, March 2013

The Kenyan delegation was led by Hon. Dr. Naomi Namsi Shaban, the then Minister of Gender, Children Affairs and Social Development. Kenya’s statement highlighted Kenya Government’s efforts at eliminating the Sexual and Gender Based Violence including our legal and policy frameworks, programmatic initiatives and institutional reforms that deal with violence. Kenya also held two side events on best practices and challenges in efforts to eliminate sexual violence.

Kenya’s voice, as always, remained a central pillar in advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women, during the session. Kenya was actively involved in consultations held among member states of the African Group to develop a common position to negotiate the outcome document. During this session a girl (youth) was included in the delegation and given prominence by being given a speaking role where she relayed her experiences. This is trailblazing, admirable and needs to be encouraged as it does not happen in other delegations


To be a leader in pursuit of Kenya’s interests within the multilateral framework of the United Nations.


To project, promote and protect the interests and values of the Kenyan people through effective diplomatic engagement.

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