Female Wave of Change is happy to announce that Jane Anyango Odongo will be one of the key note speakers at the Wave in September 2017, the kick off event in The Netherlands.

Women leader Kibera, the biggest slum settlement in Africa

Jane Anyango OdongoJane from Kibera, the biggest Slum Settlement in Africa, is a grass roots women leader who has broken several barriers to be on Global Platform. She has more than 10 years experience working with women and girls on personal, social and economic empowerment. She started her work as a community woman responding to a case of sexual manipulation and violence against adolescent girls by older men. She graduated to working with women when she mobilized women to take lead in ending a post election violence that rocked Kenya in 2007/2008.

UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group

Jane Anyango Odongo is an International Visitor Leadership Programme Alumni which is a US State sponsored programme, a member of UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group, Executive Committee Member of the East African Community Network on Women, Peace and Security, Vital Voices Global Partnership Member and Cherie Blair Foundation fellow Alumni. She is a Global Peace Ambassador under the International Women Peace Group and a member of the Women Wagging Peace under the Inclusive Security Network. Jane is one of UN Habitat’s Policy Unit Experts who were instrumental in developing the New Urban Agenda, a guide to urbanization for the next 20 years. She was instrumental in pushing for Responsive Agenda Budgeting while keen on engendering the New Urban Agenda. She is a Woman Peacemaker

Outstanding Leadership Award

Jane has a Woman of Distinction Award, Community Peacebuilder Award, Outstanding Leadership Award, Millenium Milestone Award, and several local and International recognitions for her work. She was nominated for the International Woman of Courage Award in 2011 and was recently listed by the Inclusive Security Network as the 10 Women President Obama was suppose to meet during his visit to Kenya due to her extraordinary work. Jane is a powerful mobilizer and organizer, she initiated Wamam Tunauwezo Network which is about giving community women to claim their leadership space and push for quality engagement and currently vibrant with women in 4 slum settlements across Nairobi with more than 800 diverse women.

International Presentations

  • United Nations Office both in New York and Nairobi
  • Cigna Health Care – Harford, Connecticut
  • University of San Diego
  • Rotary Club – San Diego
  • World Bank – Washington DC
  • African Regional Conference on Housing and Sustainable – Abuja

“I will not be silenced”

Jane is the Founding Director of Polycom Development Project and Kibera Women for Peace and Fairness. Her  work is featured in an Award Winning Documentary, “I will not be Silenced.”

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