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Asenath Mwithigah

Global Lead - End Harmful Practices

Asenath Mwithigah joined Equality Now in December 2021. She is a passionate and dedicated Gender Specialist, with professional expertise in project management, participatory research, proposal writing, moderation, gender-impact assessment, quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, gender training and capacity building, and developing gender action plans. She has worked on issues of child protection, poverty alleviation, promotion, and protection of the rights of vulnerable groups in humanitarian contexts and SRHR.  She also brings knowledge and experience in gender mainstreaming in a wide range of sectors from water and sanitation, education and governance, to agriculture & sustainable livelihoods, nutrition, land rights, and business/economics. Asenath has a wealth of experience in ending harmful practices including FGM, forced and child marriage, violence against women, and protection from sexual exploitation and abuse that spans over a decade.

Ms. Mwithigah is passionate about improving the health and quality of life for women and their families through strategic leadership, development of sustainable global advocacy campaigns, project planning, and management, capacity development for social norms change, implementation of gender transformative programming, and change harvesting through evaluating sustainable models for social change. She is enthusiastic about forging partnerships and collaborations across institutions, and communities through galvanizing community change agents to eliminate Harmful Practices. 

Asenath has experience across Africa and beyond having worked in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and the United Kingdom.

Prior to joining Equality Now, she was working for UNFPA Kenya Country Office as the Programme Analyst and Coordinator of UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Elimination of FGM. She held high-level roles as the Gender and Protection Advisor for South Sudan Grassroots Empowerment Initiative (SSGEI), Gender Lead for Norwegian Church Aid assignment in South Sudan, and Technical Director for a youth-led organization in Kenya where she was instrumental in the development of the overall strategic and technical leadership of the programs in the organizations.

She has further served as the Social Change Communications Manager-Global, for an FCDO funded program, The Girl Generation; Country Coordinator for The Guardian News and Media Limited (UK)-Global Media Campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation; Country Coordinator-The Devolution Forum for the World Bank, and as the Communications and National Programme Officer for Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization where she was the focal point person for Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization in the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C): Accelerating Change, and the GOK/UNFPA 7th Country Programme to end Gender-Based Violence.