Global Lead, End Harmful Practices
Flavia Mwangovya joined Equality Now in June 2015 and advanced to the role of End Harmful Practices Program Manager in July 2017. Prior to leading the program, she oversaw Equality Now's work as the Secretariat of the Solidarity for African Women's Rights (SOAWR) Coalition. She is passionate about women’s rights and has 10 years of experience in the gender and human rights field. Prior to joining Equality Now, Flavia was the Program Manager for the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI). At NANHRI she led capacity development initiatives for African National Human Rights Institutions as well as initiatives aimed at fostering collaboration among national human rights institutions, civil society organizations and relevant African Union actors towards enhanced human rights promotion and protection on the African Continent. Flavia holds a M.A. in Gender Studies from the University of Geneva in Switzerland, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Nairobi. She is fluent in English, Swahili and French.
Flavia feels a strong responsibility to advocate for women’s and girl’s rights, because if not, who will? Her shero is Wangari Maathai, feminist, environmentalist and the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (2004) for her work on sustainable development, democracy and peace. Flavia’s favorite quote is by Simone De Beauvoir: “On ne naît pas femme: on le devient (We are not born women, we become women.).
Outside of the office, Flavia enjoys organic farming and trying out new recipes.