Ann Njogu

Ashoka Fellow

Citation

This profile was prepared when Ann Njogu was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
The New Idea
To be successful, a movement aimed at curbing gender and sexual violence had to be based on a solid legal foundation supporting women’s rights. By successfully advocating for the ratification of the 2006 Sexual Offenses Act, Ann set the stage and framework for abused women to find justice and for the innocent to be protected against all forms of sexual and gender based violence.

Legislation is only a first step and must be followed by a constant effort to find ways to spread awareness and lobby government institutions into compliance. Through creative grassroots and media campaigns backed by widely distributed simplified publications, Ann has made information on women’s rights accessible and comprehensible to women and men of all ages.

To strengthen the movement and clear the path to progress, Ann has incorporated a rehabilitation component into her program, reviving and empowering women to become leaders in the campaign to end violence against women. To support this effort, she is providing counseling and support for victims of sexual and gender-based violence. Starting with Kibera slum, Ann is setting up a country-wide network of outreach centers to provide information, legal aid, counseling and psychosocial support to women all over the country.
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