2016 Gender and Disability Mainstreaming Conference (GEDICON 2016)
Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion Indicators in our Sustainable Development Goals
Date: 9th December 2016
Venue: Hotel Intercontinental, Nairobi
Since the Year 2012, Diversity and Inclusion Ceremony and Awards, have emerged to be the sole reference point of best practices for mainstreaming gender and disability in development practices in Kenya. The Awards have been Africa’s case study, emulated and perfected by countries such as South Africa, Malawi, Nigeria and this year Uganda. It has been proven as the best Linkage Practice to be adopted by governments in ensuring that best mainstreaming practices are rewarded and that other institutions and Nations find opportunity to network, share information and indeed follow up to improve on their equality and inclusion programs.
The Centre has in the past four years expanded the Awards participation spectrum from only rewarding National Government Ministries and Agencies to County Governments, and even Private Institutions that are so far ahead of the curve in ensuring that there is equal opportunities for Men, Women and Persons with Disabilities and that that these opportunities are indeed benefiting al Kenyan as envisaged by the Constitution of Kenya. Some of the past award winners include: Kenyatta University (in both gender and disability mainstreaming categories); Kenyatta International Convention Centre-KICC( Accessibility for PWDs and Inclusion); National Hospital Insurance Fund (Gender Mainstreaming); Kenya Airports Authority (GBV and Sexual Harassments Management best practice); Kiambu County, Kisii County, Safaricom Limited among other agencies.
The awards nomination process is rigorous as it begins from establishing institutions laid down strategies and their roadmap in ensuring equality, equity and inclusion in planned projects, programs and policies, further establishes the implementation of these planned actions, consistency and the zeal of the Management in ensuring that planned actions and interventions are being implemented within the set time. These awards complements the rationale of the Performance Contracting diversity and Inclusion Indicator by appreciating government institutions that have gone an extra mile in addressing inequality and discrimination with proven track record that their annual mainstreaming work plans are demonstrating results.
The Centre understands that the Private Sector contributes to over 70% of the GDP, it also has the obligation to ensure that the sector does not only support and abide to the Constitution of Kenya but that it has within its policies framework an indicator that addresses the welfare of men and women on equality terms. Like Safaricom Limited, Privately owned institutions are supposed to accommodate Persons with Disabilities within their work places and move away from the norm to supporting them through charity and begin engaging them in a little more dignified manner by involving them in decisions about them. We are extending this year awards to the private sector to allow them participate in large numbers and network with other institutions, plan for benchmarking missions and engage with stakeholders like National Council for Persons with Disabilities, Gender and Equality Commission and Disabled Peoples Organizations like APDK and other Civil Society Organization that will ensure that the our GDP growth is inclusive.
The Centre welcomes all to support and attend the Conference and Awards galla night.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF CONFERENCE AND AWARD CEREMONY
This important event aims to achieve the following specific objectives:
- To showcase Kenya’s successful Diversity and Inclusion Champions;
- To promote and highlight the role of Social Inclusion in economic, Social and Political development of the Country;
- To present case studies and research findings for Diversity and Inclusion;
- To bring together governments, development institutions, investors, academics and private sector institutions in Celebrating the Equality and Inclusion Indicator
- To discuss best practices for Gender and Disability Mainstreaming;
- To bring the Equality and Inclusions Policy Developers, Enforcers and Implementers together “under one roof”; and
- To help promote Equality and Inclusion Research and Development.
The 2016 Kenya’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards ceremony aims to recognize the success and vitality of the Country in Ensuring that there are equal opportunities to all persons and those men and women of Kenya are being empowered and accessing wealth creation opportunities without discrimination. This unique annual awards program has been established specifically to acknowledge, encourage and celebrate excellence amongst Kenyan institutions and individuals by giving them the opportunity to gain valuable exposure, well-deserved recognition for their national and global equality and inclusion interventions. The Awards are the highest honours that can be bestowed to Ministries, Government Agencies, The Corporate, and Business Owners/Leaders in the Country. The main goal of the Award program is therefore, to appreciate key players in the social sector that have created a level play field for the vulnerable in society to grow and prosper, and to award them, market them, their products and services in the Country and beyond.
The organisers of this important initiative greatly acknowledge and salute your organisation’s support and contribution to promoting equity and equality at workplace and to the society and would be very honoured if you could consider sponsoring the event. The event attracts service providers, investors, entrepreneurs and high profile speakers and participants from Government, private sector institutions, small and medium enterprise support agencies, and other development institutions throughout the country.
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