As part of expanding its economic and social rights work Economic and Social Rights Centre (Hakijamii) held a one day stakeholders meeting with representatives from CSOs and grassroots groups in Nairobi to discuss and validate a policy paper on the right to social security.
The objective of the meeting was to create awareness on the right to social security as enshrined under the Constitution, international and regional instruments and also discuss budgetary allocation in realising this right.
Participants were able to discuss in detail in the normative content of social security and identify various strategies that stakeholders can use to hold the government accountable in the provision of social security. Discussions focused on two main areas namely the right to social security and the adequacy budgetary allocation towards the social protection sector. It was clear that the government has yet to put in place adequate budgetary and institutional systems to address social security and that Civil Society Organizations should use their resources to raise more awareness on the same. It was an eye opener for many participants and Hakijamii intends to hold such more workshops so that social security can attain the same status as other rights.