Challenges facing Gender Mainstreaming of the Provincial Administration in Ruiru District, Kiambu County
Mbui, Erastus Mwenda
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This study was done in Ruiru District in Kiambu County. It sought to assess the challenges facing gender mainstreaming in the provincial administration and recommend remedial measures. This was achieved through an assessment of the gender mainstreaming strategies in use, the extent to which they have contributed to gender equality and the challenges that these strategies have not been able to address in order to reduce gender inequalities in the district. A sample of 58 respondents consisting of 33 men and 25 women drawn from Githurai and Ruiru Divisions of the District was used in the study. These included eleven government officers working in the provincial administration among them five women and six men. Twelve men village elders were randomly sampled from a list of seventy nine, while all the six women village elders in the district were purposively sampled for a focus group discussion. The village elders were sampled for the role that they play in helping administrators in discharge of duties within the villages that they serve. Also randomly sampled were 29 members of the public seeking services from the offices of provincial administrators across the district. These were composed of 14 women and 15 men. The study found that though there have been efforts to mainstream gender in the provincial administration, women are yet to get their fair share of opportunities in the institution. There are still some gender inequalities in terms of the number of men and women occupying public administration offices and even the expectations of who can hold such an office. Institutional culture and environment appear to be the major challenges to gender mainstreaming efforts. The ministry of provincial administration and internal security has also not done all that is necessary to prepare the district for effective gender mainstreaming. In this respect, ministerial gender policy and action plan were found to be lacking. The study recommends the stepping up of gender mainstreaming efforts which should be preceded by a gender analysis as well as the development of a ministerial gender policy and an action plan. These should form the basis for monitoring and evaluation to ensure the targets set in the Gender Action Plan are on course.