Five 20-Something Year Old Kenyan Women Making a Difference
International Youth Day (IYD) is commemorated every year on 12 August. This special day encourages youth around the world to organize activities to raise awareness about the situation of youth in their country.
The theme this year is: Youth Engagement for Global Action
In honour of IYD, here are 5 Kenyan women in their 20s doing amazing things to uplift their communities:
Vivian Ouya is a Kenyan human rights lawyer and socialist feminist. She is the co-founder of Feminists in Kenya (conveners of #TotalshutdownKE), a social movement of feminist activists working to achieve gender justice through political education, knowledge creation and amplifying feminist discourse.
Minoo Kyaa is a member of Mukuru Community Justice Centre and the coordinator of Reggae for Social Justice. She is also a member of the Women in Social Justice Centres movement. She is a writer and a poet. Her art documents struggle and resistance.
Lena Grace Anyuolo is a writer and social justice activist with Mathare Social Justice Centre and Ukombozi Library. She is a socialist and community organizer working with the most vulnerable in underprivileged communities around Nairobi.
Marylize is a radical LGBTQ activist and gender expert. She was one of the most forefront and vocal persons behind the Repeal 162 movement. Marylize works with LGBTQ minorities in the most marginalized communities in Kenya.
Irene Asuwa is an ecological justice activist based in Nairobi. She is actively involved in forestation activities around the country and has been on the forefront in sustaining organic, community gardens in underserved communities in Nairobi.