Micere Mugo – Born into privilege to speak for the voiceless

Listen Professor Micere Mugo is an accomplished writer and a firebrand activist who was exiled in the early 1980s for her anti-government rhetoric. She was the first woman to receive a PhD in East Africa and was named ‘Distinguished Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Scholar’ at the Dar es Salaam University, Tanzania in 2012. Mugo’s publications include […]

Mary Onyango

Listen Mary Onyango was a formidable voice in the fight against breast cancer, the struggle for women’s rights and the fight for democracy and national integration. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, she partnered with Julia Mulaha, a breast cancer survivor, to found Kenya Breast Health Programme – a breast cancer advocacy and support organisation […]

Fatma Abed – Daring to confront rape and discrimination against women

Listen Fatma Abed is a leading voice in Kenya in the fight against rape and sexual assault. She is the founder of the Kenya Anti-Rape Organization (KARO) whose aim is to wage war against this vice. She has received numerous commendations including the Ford Foundation Award, the Peace Foundation of Africa Award: Human Rights, and […]

Asunta Wagura – Stigma rejection could not put down top HIV and AIDS crusader

Listen Asunta Wagura has risen above stigma and a terrifying six-month prognosis to become an HIV and Aids crusader and caregiver extraordinaire. She is the CEO of Kenya Network of Women with Aids (KENWA), an organisation she established in response to the HIV and Aids situation. She has been honoured with, among others, an Order […]

Dekha Ibrahim Abdi

Listen   Dekha Ibrahim Abdi was an internationally known and honoured peace-builder and activist who worked as a consultant to governments and civil society organisations. She worked with commitment for over 15 years in peace and conflict resolution, and in development work with pastoralists, countless organizations and communities. She was particularly passionate about education for […]

Wairimu Nyoike

Listen Wairimu Nyoike is a pioneer of many first in Kenya’s nursing industry. She is the first African (Black) registered nurse in Kenya, and also the first African matron of Kenyatta National Hospital. She also helped numerous nurses excel in their careers and was instrumental in setting up training programmes in the field. Nyoike helped […]

Ruth Oniang’o – Food and nutrition veteran whose heart is in rural outreach

Listen Credited for her contribution to improving food and nutrition in communities, Honourable Professor Ruth Khasaya Oniang’o was the first nutrition professor in Kenya and the first female nutrition professor in sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Ruth Oniang’o learnt the values of discipline and quality education from her parents. This translated into her winning a scholarship for […]

Ruth Nduati – Breastfeeding advocate for HIV-positive mothers

Listen What seemed like a case of incurable childhood eczema and an encounter with a kind doctor stirred up young and impressionable girl’s desire to become a doctor. Many years and numerous hurdles later, Professor Ruth Wanjiru Nduati is credited for the groundbreaking research that allows HIV-positive mothers to safely breastfeed their children. When Professor […]

Miriam Were – Retired champion of public health is far from tired

Listen What started as a childhood passion — ensuring basic hygiene was observed —gradually evolved into a life-long career. From her days as a high school teacher tovher stint at the United Nations, Professor Miriam Were has been at the forefront of thevwar against preventable diseases, despite its less than glamorous status in medical circles. […]