Jane Serwanga became the Africa Project Manager for Equality Now’s Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund (AGLDF) and for the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) Coalition campaign in September 2014, after having served as consultant from March 2014. An Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, she served as the Deputy Executive Director and Head of Programmes – Federation of Women’s Lawyers (FIDA) Kenya until 2012. She has a demonstrated interest in human rights leading to her involvement in numerous interventions towards promoting access to justice and gender justice. She has been involved in provision of legal aid services and various advocacy and legislative reform projects. She has served as a member of Kenya’s Attorney General’s Task Force on Implementation of the Sexual Offences Act and the National Steering Committee of the National Legal Aid and Awareness Programme.
Ms. Serwanga has undertaken public interest litigation on account of systemic violations of women’s rights and through litigation has sought women’s representation in national leadership institutions and women’s right to health. She is part of the Equality Effect team that undertook (2010-2013) the landmark ‘160 Girls’ litigation project that sought state accountability in cases of sexual violence. Together with Interights UK, she pursued litigation before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in pursuit of women’s property rights. To aid litigation and other projects, she has participated in legal research initiatives in collaboration with Georgetown University International Women’s Law Clinic, University of California Berkeley, Equality Effect and Population Council.
Ms. Serwanga is certified as a trainer in the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) ‘learn-by-doing’ method. She has served as the local coordinator and faculty member of Lawyers Without Borders trial advocacy training programs for Kenyan trial lawyers and prosecutors since 2008. As a members of the Coalition for an Effective African Court, she has trained lawyers on African human rights systems and public interest litigation in various African countries.
Ms. Serwanga holds a Bachelors of Laws (LLB) degree from Makerere University (Uganda), a post graduate diploma in Legal Practice from Kenya School of Law and a Masters of Law (Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa) degree from University of Pretoria (South Africa). She is certified in provision of Mediation. She has lately taken up interest in human rights and the extractive industry.
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