Nairobi 24th Friday 2019…
The National Policy on Family Promotion and Protection, which promotes the recognition of the family as a natural and functional unit, is in its final stages, according to Labour and Social Protection CS Ukur Yatani.
“The Family Promotion and Protection Policy is the first policy in Kenya since independence that speaks to the family as a unit.” Says Mr Yatani.
He said that the policy builds on the recognition of the family as an essential social unit and of the various educational, nurturing and caring functions it performs.
The CS spoke when he presided over the 25th celebrations of the International Day of the Family (IDoF 2019) conference held at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in Nairobi.
He said that the Policy is based on the main aspirations of the Government of Kenya as articulated in Chapter 4, Article 45 of the Constitution, which recognizes the family as the natural and fundamental unit of the society.
“Strengthening families is vital, both to the health of Kenya and in ensuring a more socially just society as envisioned in the Kenya Vision 2030.” said the CS.
He said that the Ministry is currently implementing various policies and programs targeting vulnerable families, especially those with older persons, orphaned and vulnerable children and persons with disabilities.
Mr Yatani said that One Million Two hundred thousand (1,200,000) beneficiaries are enrolled on the three cash transfer programs: Namely: Older Persons Cash Transfer, Persons with Severe Disability Cash Transfer and Orphaned and vulnerable Children Cash Transfer.
“Through social protection interventions and specifically cash transfer Programs, support has been provided to such families through a monthly stipend which enables them to meet their basic needs.” He said.
The International Day of Families is celebrated in the month of May every year to create awareness on the importance of the family as the foundation of the Society.
The UN theme for this year is “Families and Climate Action: Focus on SDG 13” and the domesticated theme for the country this year is: “Men: Champions of Families and Environmental Sustainability.”
The main objective of the conference was to create awareness and sensitize on the role families play in the promotion, protection and conservation of the environment with emphasis on the role of men mostly as the heads of the family unit.
Ills facing the families include rising domestic violence, teenage pregnancies and early marriages, child neglect and abandonment, drug and substance abuse, HIV and AIDS, Child molestation and backward cultural practices.
In the build up to the day, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection had in collaboration with Stakeholders organized a series of activities which included a Public sensitization forum in Mtwapa, Kilifi County and a free medical camp in Parklands, Nairobi.