Meet Rachael Mwikali, Kenyan feminist activist and winner of the Lobbyist for Change award
Datumjuni 1, 2018
Welcome to a one hour power session in Oprah Winfrey-style
14th of June at 12:00-13:00
We Effect, Franzéngatan 6, Stockholm
Who is Rachael Mwikali? You know, the activist who stood on stage at the Stockholm Gender Forum, raised her fist and got the auditorium to chant “Power to the Women”. This grassroots activist, born and raised in the informal settlement of Mathare Nairobi, conveyed her message without hesitation next to the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, a Nobel prize winner and an executive at UN Women. Now we are given the opportunity to get a full hour power injection with the 26 year old Kenyan feminist, touching on:
- Shrinking civic space in Kenya – how does it affect activists and the society at large?
- Being a female feminist activist – what strategies are there to get a patriarchal society to listen?
- Key lessons from organizing grassroots in informal settlements
Speaker: Rachael Mwikali Mueni, leader of the Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders
Moderator: Anna Kakuli, Communications Officer, We Effect
Lunch: We will serve a vegan wrap. Kindly indicate any allergies when signing up for the seminar.
Rachael Mwikali Mueni
Women Rights Activist and Feminist Activist
Born and raised in Mathare slums in Nairobi, Mwikali is a grassroots women rights activist and feminist activist. Mwikali is motivated by the personal struggles she has undergone as a young woman growing up in an informal settlement. Today, she is the leader of Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders, a social movement for the grassroots activists and human rights defenders in Kenya. She also coordinates a Pan-African Grassroots Women Liberation Movement, which works to unite grassroots African women and empowers them to take up leadership positions. Rachael has been at the forefront in empowering women in informal settlements to take up leadership in the society. She works towards changing patriarchal systems and other societal systems that work against women and girls.
Among her achievements are:
- Co-convinced Nairobi women march in solidarity with Americans women and pussy power campaign
- Global award winner of We Effect’s Lobbyist for Change Award 2016
- Assistant chairperson for Kenyan human rights award jury
- Delegate on behalf of African youth and women by giving an opening key remarks at African land policy conference in UNECA ADDIS-ETHIOPIA 2017
- Been part of right to housing rights movement campaigns condemning forceful evictions in Nairobi informal settlement (hosted by Amnesty International Kenya)
- Recognized by the UNHABITAT as the emerging community champion
- Panellist at Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality