Yasmin Hussein (Treasurer to the Board)
…is a young, Muslim, feminist, non-smoking queer woman; an auditor and a long serving activist in the SOGIE movement in Kenya, Eastern Africa and the wider African region.
She has a budding career in financial audit and assurance in the public sector in Kenya as an audit associate with the Office of the Auditor General – Kenya, going on 2 years.
A fulfilling passion for activism, specifically for equal rights for the minority women in the broader SOGIE Movement in Kenya, East Africa and the Continent as a Steering Committee Member of the recently reloaded Minority Women in Action, a Community Based Organization that advocates for equal rights for LBT women in Kenya, serving the focal person for MWA in the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) East African chapter (the EATT) and as board member of AFRA Kenya, an organization that uses art as a platform to advocate for and defend human rights of LBQ women in Kenya.
Competitive swimming from the tender age of 10, positivism, academia, a love for literature, the arts, travel and the outdoors.
Pepe Julian Onziema (Chairperson to the Board)
…is the Program Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), an Advocacy network based in Kampala that works to promote and defend human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights organizations across Uganda.
Onziema is a transgender, human rights defender who has been working to strengthen the rights of sexual and gender minorities over the past seven years. He has been arrested, physically assaulted on Kampala streets, received death threats but continues to live in Uganda. He is the SOGIE focal person on the Steering Committee of the Pan African Human Rights Defenders Network, advocates for LGBTI inclusion and protection at the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Council.
In 2012, he was awarded the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Civil Society for his pioneering work advocating for LGBTI, and also received Stonewall- Hero of the Year Award in 2014. He is a 2015 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the NED International Forum for Democratic Studies
Mr.Riggah Hamadi Mwarigah (Board Member)
…is a senior medical officer with the Ministry of Medical services since 2012 based in Diani,South coast. He holds a Bachelor of medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Degree from Moi University.
He has a certificate in H.I.V mentorship and has mentored rural health workers in the provision of treatment and care for HIV patients in rural settings.
Jeffrey Walimbwa Wambaya (Board Member)
Program Officer/Human Rights Activist
Jeffrey Walimbwa Wambaya is a human rights activist with a vast experience in LGBT and other sexual minorities. I have taken part in various activities on advocacy, policy and strategy formulation, analysis and I posses strong experience and expertise in national policy advocacy, having sat on a variety of national level technical working groups.
I hold multiple certificate courses in a range of sexual health and HIV subjects, including Sexual Minority HIV needs. Resource mobilization, LGBT and Human Rights training in Sweden, LGBT and Human Rights training Namibia and Health rights advocacy.
Currently I work at Ishtar MSM one of the constituent organisations at the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya as a Program Officer.
Elizabeth Aroka (Secretary to the Board)
Vision: To be a leading Human Rights defender, upholding the highest professional standards and commitment to the protection, promotion and defence of human rights of all especially vulnerable and key Populations.
Ms. Aroka is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over 10 years of experience in the realm of human rights. She has a degree in law (LL.B) from Moi University, Kenya and a Post Gradate diploma in Law from the Kenya school of Law. Her focus is on gender and the health and HIV related human rights of all and especially vulnerable groups like women, children, People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and Key Populations (KPs) like, LGBTI, male/female sex workers, Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) and Men having Sex with Men (MSM) amongst others. Ms. Aroka is currently a practising advocate and is also a Director at Equirights consultants. Her previous work as a legal networking officer at the International Centre For Reproductive Health , Kenya (ICRHK) entailed working closely with staff at the Gender Based Violence Recovery Centre (GBVRC) based at the Coast Province General Hospital (CPGH) in Mombasa, Kenya; the police and health care providers to address the needs of survivors of sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV). She also provided legal counselling and support to survivors of SGBV attended to at the GBVRC and worked closely with the community to create awareness on SGBV and human rights issues affecting various vulnerable populations. Her areas of personal interest include sexual and reproductive health and rights; gender; HIV /AIDS; democracy and governance – human rights and civil society strengthening; ethics; community development and legal writing, analysis and research. She possesses excellent skills in amongst others research, advocacy, writing, communication and training. She also has previous experience working with parliamentarians and community leaders. She has been able to train over 65 community based paralegals in Mombasa over the years. In 2010, she participated in the publication of facing violence a book that highlights the experience of survivors of sexual violence available at http://www.icrhk.org/news/facing-violence-new-publication-from-icrh-kenya . She was the principal Investigator in a study that documented the barriers for survivors of SGBV in accessing justice conducted in 2012. She is also a member of the Law society of Kenya (LSK) where she sits in the gender and legal aid committees; the Organization of Health Education and Research Services (OHERS); Kenyatta National Hospital Community Advisory Board (KNH-CAB) on HIV vaccines; and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (2008- 2009)
• Member of FIDA Kenya
• Member of the National subcommittee on the Kenya National Guidelines for the Research and Development of HIV and AIDS Vaccines
• Trainer of Trainers (TOT) on paediatric HIV and AIDS .Accredited by National AIDS and STIs Control Programme (NASCOP) and the Kenya Paediatricians Association(KPA)
• Rapporteur to the 13th International Conference on STIs and AIDS (ICASA) held in Nairobi ,Kenya from 21-26 September 2003
• Contributor (Law and ethics thematic group) to the development of the Kenya guidelines for the research and development of HIV and AIDS vaccines launched on 31st March 2005 by the Ministry of Health
• Editor of module 9 (Law and Ethics)of the Kenya National “Comprehensive Pediatric HIV Care Course”
• Developed a gender manual for Youth Challenge International (YCI) and Kwacha Afrika.