Exploring the Global Gender Gap Index 2021: Kenya’s Policy Choices

The World Economic Forum has been publishing the ‘Global Gender Gap Report’ on an annual basis from the year 2006. The data collected is helpful in tracking the progress on the relative gaps that are there between women and men particularly in respect to parameters such as health, education, economy, and politics. The intention is to find out how equitably the wealth and opportunities are distributed between women and men regardless of how an economy is performing. In the year 2021, the Global Gender Gap index benchmarked 156 countries in comparison to the previous year’s 149 countries.
One of our key partners, Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), is exploring Gender Responsive Budgeting: Tracking the Effect of Budgets and Public Spending on Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiatives (WEEI). We jointly developed a policy brief in which we recommended, among others, that the ministry of public Service, Gender, Senior citizens’ Affairs and Special Programmes should use the global gender gap report findings to track areas of progress in achieving gender parity and the existing gaps that require resources to be addressed, the Kenyan parliament has the responsibility of channeling funds to programs and initiatives that address the barriers to the achievement of gender parity, and the National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC) and Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) should use the findings to coordinate and facilitate mainstreaming of issues of gender in national development. The private sector also has a role to play and can use this report in helping to bridge the gap in specific areas. You can read details of the policy brief here


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