Musimbi Kanyoro (b. 1953)
is a human rights advocate from Kenya. She is the President and CEO of the
Global Fund for Women, positions she has held since 2011.
She studied in
her native Kenya and in the United States. In 1998 she became the first woman
to serve as World Secretary General for the YWCA, an organisation which seeks
to empower women and girls worldwide. She is involved in many other human
rights organisations, such as the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice
and the World Health Organization.
Daphne Sheldrick (1934-2018) was an expert in animal husbandry. She dedicated her life and career to rescuing orphan baby elephants and reintegrating them into the wild.
She was born and educated in Kenya, and was warden of the Tsavo National Park, where she helped care for a variety of wildlife. She was the first to perfect the milk formula necessary to sustain baby elephants and rhinos. In 1977, she founded the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, now the world’s most successful rescue and rehabilitation programme for elephants.
Nyong’o (b. 1983) is today one of the most important names in Hollywood. She has
won numerous awards in recognition of her talent.
In 2013, she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for
her roles in the film 12 Years a Slave.
On this occasion she became the first Kenyan and first Mexican actress to win an
Oscar. She is involved with organisations such as Mother Health International,
WildAid, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Margaret Kenyatta (1928-2017) was a Kenyan politician who served
as the Mayor of Nairobi for two terms, from 1970 to 1976. She was the first
female mayor of the capital, and the second in the entire country.
She fought for the advancement of women’s rights, and
organized the East African Women Seminars to bring together female African
leaders. She was Kenya’s representative to the United Nations Environment
Programme, and received numerous awards in recognition of her humanitarian and environmental
Pamela Jelimo (b. 1989) is a Kenyan runner who, in 2008,
became the first woman from her country to win an Olympic gold medal. She is
also one of the youngest women to ever achieve this feat.
In addition to her gold, she also won a bronze medal
at the 2012 Olympic Games, and a gold at the 2012 World Indoor Championships, when
she was 22.
(b. 1953) is a plant
pathologist and virologist from Kenya. She is the founder and director of
Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International, which aims to boost food
production in Africa through biotechnology.
obtained her PhD from the University of Bath in England. She also worked as a
senior research officer for the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, and has
received numerous awards for her efforts to fight poverty and hunger on the
Tegla Loroupe (b. 1973) is a long-distance
runner from Kenya. She has been the World Half-marathon champion three times,
and held the world marathon record, as well as the records for 20, 25, and 30
She has won several
important marathons, such as the New York, London, and Berlin ones.
Additionally, she is a devoted advocate for women’s rights and education,
establishing a school and an orphanage in her native Kenya. She founded the
Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation, promoting world peace through sports and