Kenya plans to put in place a family promotion and protection policy in recognition of the family as the fundamental unit of society, a senior government official said on Wednesday.
Ukur Yatani, cabinet secretary in the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection told a family forum in Nairobi that there have been extensive consultations in the development process of the policy involving development partners, civil society organizations and faith based organizations to ensure their views are incorporated.
“The development of the policy is in its final stages and we are committed in ensuring that it is finalized and implemented,” Yatani said during the 25th celebrations of the International Day of the Family conference.
The day-long event aims to create awareness and sensitize the public on the role families play in the promotion, protection and conservation of the environment with emphasis on the role of men as head of the family unit.
Yatani said that the document will be Kenya’s first policy that speaks to the family as a unit.
According to the ministry of labor, the policy also builds around the recognition of the family as an essential social unit and of the various educational, nurturing and caring functions it performs towards their members.
Yatani said that the policy identifies issues facing families and also provides broad implementation strategies that will enable families make meaningful contribution in the development processes.
The government hopes that the policy brings the agenda of families to the government and provides a basis to access resources that can be geared towards supporting families in Kenya. Enditem