I hold a Masters in Gender and Development studies form Kenyatta University. I have provided technical, strategic support and guidance on development from gender mainstreaming and empowerment of women perspective including: Joint Needs assessments; women, peace and security – women’s participation in Sudan and Somalia peace processes; gender equity and equality and human rights ; gender responsive budgets, gender audit, gender and ICT, gender and MDGs, sexual and gender based violence; Strengthening women’s access to justice and increasing women’s role as decision makers and leaders. My background includes but not limited to Twelve (12) years of progressive responsible work experience in Education, policy and governance, Peace and conflict Management, gender development and human rights, Livelihoods and food sovereignty. I have also spear headed/Technical expertise in a multi country projects Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Zambia, Somalia, and Uganda. I have comparative advantage of having worked with multiple organizations and actors, including Non-Governmental organizations, the government and the private sector.
I am currently implementing programs in the informal settlements and rural set ups, and there are deep cultural and patriarchal ways of socialization and thus this has hindered equity and equality in development. Women and girls have not been able to participate fully in decision making and therefore this leading to subordination. Female genital mutilation has also deprived girls their rights to education since most of them have to drop out of school after the cut. I hope i will be able to gain more experience in handling patriarchal and cultural contexts to increase the participation of women and girls in development as well as achieving their educational outcomes