Belice Odamna joined Equality Now in February 2016. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over six years of experience in legal practice. She has served as a Litigation Counsel at Otieno, Yogo & Co. Advocates and most recently as Senior Program Officer (HIV & TB) at Kenya Legal & Ethical Issues Network on HIV & AIDS (KELIN). Her interest in human rights led to her involvement in Public Interest Litigation on the right to health. She has also been involved in health policy and legislative reform. Belice holds a postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice from the Kenya School of Law and a Bachelor of Laws from Moi University, Kenya. She is currently pursuing a M.A. in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, focusing on health diplomacy as an emerging international practice, at Moi University. In 2014, Belice participated in Harvard University’s Global School on Socioeconomic Rights: Sexual and Reproductive Rights Litigation at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Centre for Health and Human Rights.
Belice inspiration comes from her own life’s journey. Her mother, widowed at age 34, managed to educate her four children to the highest level as well as go back to school to advance herself. Watching her mother struggle to thrive in a professional world, as well as and growing up in a deeply patriarchal community, gave Belice the zeal to fight for a world where women get the same opportunities as men.
Outside of the office, Belice enjoys reading and traveling. Her favorite quote is by Natalie Dormer: “For me it’s not necessarily interesting to play a strong, fearless woman. It’s interesting to play a woman who is terrified and then overcomes that fear. It’s about the journey. Courage is not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it.”
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