Country / Region profile of: Kenya

Although Kenya's new 2010 Constitution improved women's rights, Kenyan women continue to face challenges in accessing education, employment, and leadership positions. Kenya has had a long history of conflict with several countries, including Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Uganda. Furthermore, Kenya's ethnic diversity has resulted in repeated inter-ethnic violence, including the widespread conflict following the 2007 election. The continuous outburst of conflict in Kenya has disproportionately affected women with forced displacement, escalated sexual and gender-based violence, and widespread HIV/AIDS. Kenya acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on 9 March 1984 and is ranked 76 out of 144 listed countries in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). In regards to disarmament, Kenya voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, but has not yet signed or ratified. In 2017, $964 million was spent by Kenya on its military. On 8 March 2016, International Women’s Day, the Government launched Kenya’s National Action Plan for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000). At the 2017 October Security Council Open Debate, Kenya gave a statement affirming support for WPS and stated that they are working on establishing a strong monitoring system for Kenya’s National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security and, it is setting up a central depository for peace and security data that can be accessed by everyone. Kenyan women activists continue to struggle against the lack of women's participation in the peace process in addition to the long-lasting impacts of conflict.

"We [women] are always in the business of peace, but we are also in the business of war. We are part of the communities that create war, we are part of the families that produce the warriors, we are part of those affected by war." - Atema Eclai


$ 964,000,000
Military expenditure
Kenya spends USD$964,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Sending more girls to college
This amount could cover one year of college including room and board for more than 200,000 girls
NAP 1325
The Kenya NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments
Kenya made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security in 2017.