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The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the Shared Value Africa Initiative (SVAI) will co-host a webinar on the ‘Role of Private Sector in Gender Based Violence (GBV) Mitigation and Response’ on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 10:00 – 12:00 EAT/ 9:00-11:00 SAST/ 8:00-10:00 WAT.

The aim of this forum is to create an environment to openly discuss the role of the private sector in addressing GBV, Gender Equality and Gender Parity in the workplace in Kenya.

Studies continue to provide an evidence – basis business case for investing in GBV interventions within the private. According to a study by the National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC), the estimated productivity loss caused to the country through GBV is KES. 46 billion, which translates to about 1.1% of Kenya’s GDP. This is necessitated by costs of medical care if there are injuries; legal costs in case of reporting as well as associated costs of travels and other incidentals incurred in dealing with GBV incidents. Further, the report states;

  • Among many other negative effects, domestic violence and sexual harassment interfere with full and equal participation in the workforce.
  • They impair employees’ physical and mental health and well-being, leading to stress, anxiety, loss of self-esteem, motivation, and even job loss. It contributes to the gender pay gap and affects women’s opportunities for advancement and career progression.
  • Research has shown that sexual harassment claims have a greater effect on a company’s reputation than other forms of misconduct like fraud.
  • For businesses, addressing gender-based violence in the workplace is a moral and business imperative, however, the damaging impacts of gender-based violence extend far beyond the workplace, affecting individuals, families, and communities

KEPSA, under the Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition for GBV and in partnership with Belinda and Melinda Gates Foundation, is currently undertaking a GBV advocacy program in the private sector. This intervention aims to create an enabling environment for the elimination of GBV, scaling up evidence-driven prevention programming and accessible services for survivors through the private sector intervention.

The SVAI, a pan-African organisation advocating for the private sector adoption of the Shared Value Business Management Concept, launched the #ITSNOTOK movement in 2020 with a purpose to create and curate various engagement platforms, campaigns and partnerships in order to conscientise and challenge the private sector, governments and society to fight GBVF.

The forum will provide a platform that will bring together leaders from both the Public and Private Sector as well as other stakeholders to discuss and share recommendations on how the private sector can contribute to elimination of GBV.

To participate, kindly click on the button below to register for this forum in advance;

Register – https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S7SKVQdZQ3uN2yIX5Oz9Gg