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Region:Asia Pacific Current UN Women Plan Period Afghanisthan:2018-2022
i-icon World Bank Income Classification:Low Income The World Bank classifies economies for analytical purposes into four income groups: low, lower-middle, upper-middle, and high income. For this purpose it uses gross national income (GNI) per capita data in U.S. dollars, converted from local currency using the World Bank Atlas method, which is applied to smooth exchange rate fluctuations. i-icon Least Developed Country:Yes Since 1971, the United Nations has recognized LDCs as a category of States that are deemed highly disadvantaged in their development process, for structural, historical and also geographical reasons. Three criteria are used: per capita income, human assets, and economic vulnerability. i-icon Gender Inequality Index:0.575 GII is a composite metric of gender inequality using three dimensions: reproductive health, empowerment and the labour market. A low GII value indicates low inequality between women and men, and vice-versa. i-icon Gender Development Index:0.723 GDI measures gender inequalities in achievement in three basic dimensions of human development: health, education, and command over economic resources.
i-icon Population:209,497,025 Source of population data: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2022). World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision Male:19,976,265 (9.5%) Female:189,520,760 (90.5%)
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Overview Where the money goes Financial flows About our work
9 Outcome and Organizational Results
$12.39 M Planned Budget
$12.42 M Actual Budget
0 Shortfall

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Kenya has made important strides in advancing gender equality, with the enactment of laws on domestic violence, sexual offenses, affirmative procurement opportunities for women, representation of women in public and elective office, and establishment of affirmative funds for women-owned businesses. Despite progress, the pace of achieving gender equality is still slow. It is hampered by the inadequate implementation of laws, inadequate funding, weak accountability mechanisms, and slow pace of changing discriminatory and patriarchal gender norms, attitudes, and practices. 

Despite being a rich multicultural society, patriarchal values and harmful traditional attitudes often prevail. Only 29% of women are considered empowered according to UN Women and Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) data published in 2020.  Most notably this is reflected in female political participation and leadership. Only 22% of elected and appointed officials are women. Sexual and gender-based violence is also a national concern.  45% of women and girls (aged 15-49) have experienced physical violence at least once in their lifetime. Ending violence and harmful practices – including female genital mutilation (FGM) – against women is a priority for the government. 

In 2021, the Government of Kenya took co-leadership of the Generation Equality movement’s Action Coalition to end gender-based violence. With the Governments of Iceland, Uruguay and the United Kingdom, they provide leadership and guidance on strategies and practices to end GBV, while committing over US$50m by 2026 to their own national efforts to strengthen effective survivor-centered approach. 

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Revenue recognition per management accounts reporting (as per Revenue Management Policy). 2022 figures are preliminary, pending final audit.
Resources shown are only allocated towards development work.
The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.
References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).

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