Margaret Kobia

Listen Margaret Kobia is the Cabinet Secretary for the Public Service, Youth and Gender. She was the first woman in Kenya to chair the Public Service Commission (PSC). She was tasked with providing strategic policy direction to the board for the performance of public servants. Her career trajectory in the civil service spans for over […]

Margaret Wambui Kenyatta – women’s activist who became Nairobi’s first female mayor

Listen Margaret Wambui Kenyatta was the only daughter and one of two children of Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta and his first wife, Grace Wahu. She became Kenya’s first female mayor in 1970, delving into politics at a time when it was an almost exclusively male field. She also served as Kenya’s ambassador to the […]

Bernice Gachegu

Listen Bernice Gachegu is the Registrar General and an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. As Registrar General, she works under the office of the Attorney General overseeing the registration of various types of businesses, societies, treaties and coats of arms. She also serves as a Representative Director at IDB Capital Limited (formerly Industrial […]

Ikal Angei – Unbowed environmental and social justice activist

Listen Ikal Angelei made history by staging a spirited opposition against the construction of the Gibe III Dam to protect the livelihoods of people living in northern Kenya. Researching the potential impact of the Gibe III Dam, Ikal Angelei was shocked to discover that, although the project appeared to be bringing progress, it would potentially […]

Helen Gichohi – Go-getter who carved her niche in Ecology

Listen A love for ecology and the outdoors led to a career in wildlife conservation, and prompted Dr. Helen Gichohi to spearhead the move to bring the African Wildlife Foundation headquarters from the US to Africa. Conservationist Dr. Helen Gichohi spent the first 10 years of her life with her grandmother in Nyeri, as her mother worked in Nairobi. […]

Grace Ogot

Listen One of the first female Kenyan writers to be published, Grace Ogot was also a politician, nurse, author, journalist and diplomat. Ogot is among the founding members of the Writers Association of Kenya and was its chairperson from 1975 to 1980. She went to Parliament via a by-election in Gem Constituency after the murder […]

Peris Tobiko

Listen Peris Pesi Tobiko made history when she became the first Maasai woman to be elected to a leadership position in 2013. She became the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kajiado East. Tobiko has served as district officer and also as benefits manager at the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), the agency that oversees pensions. […]

Grace Akech Onyango

Listen Grace Akech Onyango is Kenya’s first female mayor and the first female (temporary) deputy speaker of the National Assembly. She beat 10 male opponents in the 1967 elections to serve as the mayor of Kisumu and was later elected Kisumu Town Member of Parliament (MP) on December 6, 1969, in a male dominated Parliament […]

Charity Ngilu – Pioneer female presidential candidate’s political journey

Listen Hailed as the first woman in Kenya to run for president alongside Wangari Maathai, Charity Kaluki Ngilu has had a remarkable presence in the political arena. To date, she remains the female presidential candidate with the most votes following her attempt in 1997. She also served as the Kitui Central Member of Parliament as […]