• Dr Joan Nyanyuki

    Dr. Joan Nyanyuki

    Executive Director/ Secretary to the Board

    Dr. Joan Nyanyuki

    Executive Director/ Secretary to the Board


    Dr.Joan Nyanyuki is a medical practitioner by profession. She has served in various medical institutions and severed in various capacities. She provided primary clinical care at first contact to patients in the Accident and Emergency unit, internal medicine, pediatric, obstetrics and gynecology and surgical units, conducted teaching rounds and bedside clinical skills tutorials for medical students, follow-up care for patients with chronic conditions, including HIV, TB, Diabetes and developed clinical risk rating criteria for assessment and profiling of patients using clinical parameters and indices to guide health insurance, comprehensive interventions to manage the risk accordingly through prevention and treatment.

    Her history and experience in Human Rights stems from her work at the Independent Medico- Legal Unit (IMLU) as Program Manager and Acting Executive Director for 3 years and 2 years respectively. She worked towards providing executive leadership and overall management of the organization to achieve its objectives in line with vision, values and strategy. She oversaw administrative aspects, including management of human resources, grants, budgets, assets and designed programs and projects in line with organizational objectives. These included: coordinating and conducting investigations and documentation of torture related violations, and led visits to prisons.

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    Beatrice G. Muiyuro

    Finance and Administration Manager

    Beatrice G. Muiyuro

    Finance and Administration Manager


    Beatrice G. Muiyuro is our Finance and Administration Manager. She has a Msc. degree in  Organizational Development, a degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounting from USIU. In addition, she is a qualified certified public accountant (CPA) K. A dependable, honest and trustworthy accountant she has over eight years experience in accounting and grant management; Providing leadership and oversight for organizations fiscal operations to ensure accountability and compliance, Possesses a strong hands on experience in setting up practical financial management systems and internal controls that facilitate effective and efficient use of resources empowering organisations to be more accountable to donors, funding agencies and other stakeholders and at the same time prepare themselves for long term sustainability.

    Before her appointment at COVAW (K) Beatrice worked as a senior accountant at Marie Stopes Kenya and before that was an Audit Associate at Erastus and Co CPA, an auditing firm among other organisations.

  • Maureen Mukalo

    Programme Officer, Movement Building and Community Activism, Kwale

    Maureen Mukalo

    Programme Officer, Movement Building and Community Activism, Kwale


  • Terry Kunina

    Terry Kunina

    Programme Associate, Movement Building and Community Activism, Kwale

    Terry Kunina

    Programme Associate, Movement Building and Community Activism, Kwale


    Terry Kunina is the Programme Associate for Movement Building and Community Activism. She has been with the organization since 1st August 2013. Terry holds two degrees in Psychology and Community Development  from Daystar University. She has experience in qualitative analysis in research, counseling and community outreach and mobilization.

    She is passionate about impacting the criminal justice system and how cases of violence against women are handled by respective duty bearers. She plans to build a movement that will work as one voice that puts pressure on duty bearers that do not uphold their promise to fight violence against women.

    “I absolutely enjoy working for COVAW. It is an environment that encourages growth and self-expression. We are encouraged to have an opinion and speak our minds. We take responsibility for our actions and aside from being held accountable by the organization, we also hold ourselves accountable for every decision we make because we are serving a cause that is far greater than us. COVAW is comprised of young, strong, passionate men and women who will go above and beyond their call of duty to make sure that we achieve our mission. Above all else, we are a family and want to see each other grow.”

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    Maryconcepter Nzakuva

    Programme Officer, Access to Justice and Women's Rights

    Maryconcepter Nzakuva

    Programme Officer, Access to Justice and Women's Rights


    Maryconcepter Nzakuva-Legal is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a member of the Law Society of Kenya.She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Nairobi and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law.

    Maryconcepter’s interests include human rights,women and children rights,rule of law, constitutionalism and governance.

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    Elias Munyiri Kagecha

    Programme Associate - Access to Justice and Women's Rights

    Elias Munyiri Kagecha

    Programme Associate - Access to Justice and Women's Rights


    Holds a Bachelor in Law from Mount Kenya University and currently awaiting to be admitted to the Bar.
    Previously worked at FIDA as a pupil then volunteer.
    He is passionate in championing for Human Rights and especially the rights for women and children.

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    Lorreine Jerono

    Programme Associate, Movement Building and Community Activism - Narok

    Lorreine Jerono

    Programme Associate, Movement Building and Community Activism - Narok


    She holds a bachelor’s degree in Disaster Management and international diplomacy and currently pursuing master’s degree in rural sociology and community development.

    Having worked with the community for over 5 year she believes that changing one life at a time is most important and also bringing joy and a positive impact to individuals brings satisfaction

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    Florence Mwikali

    Programme Associate, Movement Building and Community Activism, Narok

    Florence Mwikali

    Programme Associate, Movement Building and Community Activism, Narok


    Florence is a women’s right defender.She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Arts and Theatre from Moi university Eldoret. She is currently pursuing an MA in Gender and Development – University of Nairobi.

    She envisions a gender-equal society,where the rights of everyone are respected.

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    Cynthia Boggie

    Program Associate, Counseling Psychologist

    Cynthia Boggie

    Program Associate, Counseling Psychologist


    She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Advanced Diploma in Community Development & Social Work from Mount Kenya University. She is currently pursuing a diploma course in Human Resource Management at Kenya Institute of Management.
    Her personal attributes are loyalty, transparency, determination & persistence, work ethics and honesty.
    Throughout her interaction with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, she has realized that a woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman, but the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.
    Don’t live down to expectations, go out there and do something remarkable i.e Fighting for the Rights of Women and Girls!!!

  • Mercy Opiyo

    Programme Associate, Movement Building and Community Activism, Kwale

    Mercy Opiyo

    Programme Associate, Movement Building and Community Activism, Kwale


    Mercy Opiyo is a Programme Associate under the Movement Building and Community Activism initiative, having joined the organization in October 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Moi University.

    Her most treasured values are honesty, respect, transparency and equality to all. She loves the environment in which COVAW operates and believes as time goes by she will be able to interact with everyone in the organization as well as any other individual working directly or indirectly with COVAW.

    “The five things l usually tell myself every day when l wake up in the morning to remain focussed include the following:

    • I have a purpose
    • I am doing the best with what l have
    • I am in charge of my thoughts
    • Today is going to be awesome
    • I will smile at everyone with whom l may come in contact with.”

    With all these she believes the COVAW team will be change agents in the society so as to realize a community free from gender based violence.

    “It is an amazing factor that COVAW has opened up satellite offices to reach out to the entire communities and l am delighted and looking forward to working in Kwale County. I believe l will seriously participate towards fighting for the end of gender based violence, be a role model to the girl child and help in instilling confidence, courage, and determination to succeed to the girls. I am ready to take up this task.”

  • Dr. Callie Odula-Obonyo

    Chair of the board of directors

    Dr. Callie Odula-Obonyo

    Chair of the board of directors


  • Dr. Fatma Ahmed Ali

    Vice Chair of the Board

    Dr. Fatma Ahmed Ali

    Vice Chair of the Board


    Dr. Fatma Ahmed Ali is a seasoned and published academic with over 10 years’ experience in research, women’s rights and peace and conflict. She has an educational background in Philosophy, Peace, Conflict and Development Studies earning a Doctorate with Distinction from the Universitat Jaume I, Casrellon, Spain. She is also acting Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the United States International University, Africa. Dr. Ali, has a wide understanding of the relationship between armed conflict and sexual and gender based violence having presented and participated in numerous conferences both in Kenya and Spain. She has also worked as a consultant with Chemonics Kenya Transition Initiative, Marie Stopes Kenya and the United Nations Development Programme.

  • Dr Joan Nyanyuki

    Dr. Joan Nyanyuki

    COVAW Executive Director and Secretary to the Board

    Dr. Joan Nyanyuki

    COVAW Executive Director and Secretary to the Board


    Dr. Joan Nyanyuki is a Medical doctor with experience in clinical medicine and human rights, working at the nexus of health and human rights. Dr Joan has Masters of Science, Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also has a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Moi University, Kenya Her thematic areas of work include forensic medical assessments, sexual and gender based violence, torture, refugees and asylum seekers, sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has wide experience in research, organizational and project management, including program design and planning, resource mobilization and multi-level advocacy. She has previous experience in clinical medicine and public health.

  • Jane Serwanga

    Board Member

    Jane Serwanga

    Board Member


  • Agnes Oganda

    Board Member

    Agnes Oganda

    Board Member