The Sail Team
Zeituna is an activist and youth advocate who holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and International Relations from Egerton University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Nairobi and is a 2020 YALI Fellow. She envisions creating effective safe spaces for young people and women and is the founder of Dress for Change Initiative, a youth and women-led initiative that started in Isiolo County, Kenya in 2019. The initiative came to be as a result of Zeituna’s passion and mission to contribute to the existing community outreach initiatives that seek to address challenges relating to Menstrual Hygiene Management, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights & Female Genital Mutilation. Dress for Change addresses these challenges by holding outreaches to in-school adolescents in primary schools, providing young girls with information on MHM and the negative effects of FGM/C alongside donating sanitary towels to vulnerable young girls.
Zeituna is also focused on amplifying the voices of women and girls by equipping them with knowledge on their sexual reproductive health and rights, to have agency over and make informed decisions on their bodies and for them also to resist negative cultural practices that are harmful to their well-being and personal development. She continues to advocate for safe spaces for women and girls, free from violence and retrogressive cultural practices.
Jackline Waweru Wanjiru, is a 26-year-old global youth advocate and changemaker on Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights and Gender Equality. She is passionate about policy and budget advocacy and has been able to influence governments at local, national and international platforms to address youth policy issues. Ms Waweru was recently awarded at the IYD 2020 celebrations for being an outstanding youth champion in Kilifi South Sub-county, contributing towards youth development.
She is a Young African Leader Initiative (YALI) Cohort 11 Alumni and also took part in the first season of the MS PRESIDENT reality show and was among the top 12 contestants among 71 from all over Kenya. In 2018 she was the first youth representative in a health sectorial meeting at the fifth annual national devolution conference. In 2016, she represented African Girls and young people at the European Union Parliament to advocate for youth prioritization in national commitments that African countries make with the EU.
Innocent Indeje is an empowered leader motivated by his career objective of creating a safe space for the youth. This is with the aim of building a better tomorrow by empowering today’s youth, socially, culturally and economically with specific respect to matters of their Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. Innocent is a professional teacher who earned his Bachelor of Education Arts degree and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Education Arts at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology.
Santa Kagendo Sebastian is a youth leader from Meru County, passionate about youth empowerment and women’s rights, evident through her advocacy work both at the local and national level. She is a firm believer in the inclusion of all minority groups in decision-making to promote equality for all. Santa is currently a Youth Programs Coordinator with Family Health Options Kenya in Meru County. In addition, she is the founder and director of the Youth and Women Advocacy Network, a local CBO that gives young people a platform to develop their leadership and programming skills. Her roles include working closely with stakeholders to ensure equitable access to sexual and reproductive health information and services by young people with a special focus on young girls and women.
Alfred Sigo is a youth leader and community health volunteer working with the Pwani Youth Network, of which he is also the founder and CEO. For the past 7 years, he has been working in the health sector, contributing to improved service delivery, community health advocacy and most recently, social accountability and social audits in health facilities. His work mainly entails championing for better health among adolescents, youth and women in Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale, as well as advancing the youth agenda for better policy change and implementation to improve their health and socioeconomic status. He is also a member of the Kenya Red Cross, the Global Opportunity Youth Network, Amnesty Kenya and the Change-maker Agenda by the United Nations.
Qabale Duba is a nurse by profession based in Marsabit County. She is the owner and founder of (Qabale Duba Foundation) that advocates against harmful cultural practices such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. She is a Mandela Washington for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) fellow 2016 and Associate Fellow of Queens Young Leaders Award 2016.
Collins is a results-oriented and people focused professional with experience in Advocacy, Strategic communication, SRHR project implementation and engagement with policy makers. He has been a youth champion for Together for Girls Organization, Every Hour Matters program and acted as an Advisory member in developing the Youth Toolkit on post-rape service care. He is also a young leader for Women Deliver and currently works with a community based organization called Socially Organized Educative Team (SOET) operating in Bungoma County where they equip youth with accurate information on SRHR.
Dominic is a poet based in Kajiado County who writes and produces poems on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), teenage pregnancies and child marriage. He is a Program Associate at NAYA (Network of Adolescents and Youth of Africa) Kajiado County and leads innovative and creative approaches to ending FGM, teenage pregnancy and child marriage. He was awarded Best Urban Swahili Poet at the “KUMIKUMI” Awards held in Nairobi Kenya, as well as Anti FGM activist award by the Guardian UK under the Global Media Campaign.
Dorothy is a motivated and highly dynamic professional with strategic programming expertise, extensive social development skills and proven skills in managing and coordinating development projects. She is the programme manager of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO); an NGO working in Kenya to combat gender inequality and extreme poverty in urban informal settlements. She is currently supporting SHOFCO in the inception and roll out of the SHOFCO Urban Network Movement in Mathare informal settlements.
Kate Kiama is passionate about the law and in addressing social injustices that affect women and adolescent girls globally. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London and is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She is an alumnus of the Vital Voices, Atlas Corps and Moremi Fellowship programs and currently works at Akili Dada as the Director of Programs.
Katherine works with Africa Youth Network for Empowerment and Transformation (AYNET), Africa which is a mentorship program where she trains high school youth about Sustainable Development Goals. She holds a Masters of Arts in Social Transformation and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. She has also worked with Amref Health Africa in the Health Systems Advocacy Internship Program where she assisted with research, data collection and sensitizing the media on health issues.
Sandra is an organized, detail-oriented and highly motivated project management professional that has worked in both corporate and non- profit sectors. She has over four years’ experience working with youth based organizations and is a founding member of UNYA Kenya where she spearheaded different programs and projects through the use of theatre to sensitize communities in Mombasa on SRHR issues.
Evans Ouma is a Programs Manager at Stretchers Youth Organization who believes in hard work and stewardship to ensure performance. He works part time with DSW as a family planning champion for the youth, volunteers with Family Health Options Kenya as a youth resource person and was once a Vice President of Youth Action Movement where he educated the youth on Life Skills and Comprehensive Sexuality Education. He has 5 years’ experience in leadership management and is a leader at the Youth Advisory Council- Mombasa.
Jonah Chinga is currently the Executive Assistant at the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK), with extensive experience in coalition building.His diverse background and focus on community collaboration and on HIV vaccine advocacy has led him to a number of community leadership roles and work with notable organizations such as the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) as an associate with the equality and non-discrimination thematic program. On a more personal level, his commitment and passion in advocacy towards a safe and enabling environment for minorities is both impeccable and admirable.
Tabitha is the founder of Wezesha Dada initiative that seeks to curb teenage pregnancies by empowering young girls, making them self-aware and equipping them with knowledge on reproductive health. She has been a Vice President of the Strathmore Student Council and a lead peer mentor in the Rainbow Room Teen peer mentoring program where she mentor’s young girls from Bungoma county on self-awareness and reproductive health. She is also a member of the Kectil Program which seeks to empower and build the capacity of young leaders from developing countries.