Coast Education Centre (COEC)
“The District Gender Officer assured the women peacebuilders that she will support and forward our memorandum to the Ministry of Gender Affairs.” – COEC Campaign Report
The Coast Education Centre (COEC) launched the She Builds Peace campaign in March 2020 with a conference that brought together government officials, religious clergy, members of peace committees, and women peacebuilders for a discussion on the role of women peacebuilders in Kenya. In preparation of the Ministry of Gender Affairs’ planned launch of Kenya’s new NAP on 1325, speakers emphasized the importance of including women peacebuilders’ voices in the document. This included commitments to enable women peacebuilders to attend the official NAP launch, however, the event was later postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the conference, several women peacebuilders shared their experiences of local peacebuilding, highlighting the importance of their work and the need for their protection, recognition, and support. Numerous participants, including government officials, promised their support for women peacebuilders; one county representative said that she would look to women peacebuilders for decision-making in her county. Another speaker called for the recognition of women peacebuilders with disabilities and the crucial work they do at the grassroots level. The women proposed sending a memo to parliament through the Women’s Representative and the Senate to call on the Ministry of Gender to recognize and support women peacebuilders.