UN Kenya Staff Sign Pledge for Zero Tolerance for Sexual Abuse
UN staff in Kenya renew pledge for zero tolerance for sexual abuse and exploitation
UN staff in Kenya on 18 September 2019 held the UN country’s first Staff Union Day, an occasion that was used by staff to sign a pledge for zero tolerance for any form of sexual exploitation, harassment and abuse.
The pledge was to demonstrate solidarity with the UN Secretary-General’s comprehensive four-pronged strategy to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse across the United Nations system. Which was issued in March 2017.
The elements of the strategy are to: (a) prioritize the rights and dignity of victims; (b) end impunity through strengthened reporting and investigations, including clarifying limitations on the United Nations to achieve criminal accountability; (c) engage with civil society and external partners; and (d) improve strategic communication for education and transparency. In the implementation of this strategy, the Secretary-General focused on putting the United Nations “own house in order”—putting in place mechanisms under his authority.
The UN Country Team in Kenya established the PSEA Coordination Network brings together PSEA Focal Points from UN Country Offices, Regional Offices and Headquarters with presence in Kenya, and includes representatives from nineteen Agencies and three staff representations/associations. The Network coordinates UN’s efforts to address issues on sexual exploitation and abuse in UN duty stations in Kenya specifically with regards to awareness raising, sensitization, training and establishing a joint reporting mechanism.