Two Kenyan women have landed United Nations high-ranking positions. Nanjala Nyabola, a Kenyan novelist and researcher, has been appointed to a high-level advisory board on effective multilateralism while Dr. Jemimah Njuki, will lead their work on Women’s Economic Empowerment around the world.
Nyabola is one of the only two East Africans on the board, which will be co-chaired by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia and Stefan Löfven, former Prime Minister of Sweden.
Dr. Jemimah Njuki, a global leader in gender equality and women’s empowerment who was recently designated one of the 100 most important persons in gender and policy, will be part of a team dedicated to eradicating gender inequality.
Njuki, the UN’s new Chief of Economic Empowerment for Women, will be based in New York.
Njuki stated on LinkedIn, “This month, I am incredibly delighted to begin a new position as Chief, Economic Empowerment at UN Women.”
“It’s especially fitting that we’re joining in March, when we commemorate International Women’s Day and when world leaders, nations and women’s groups gather in New York for the 66th Commission on the Status of Women,” says the author.
Current global, regional and national commitments, as well as the voices of civil society and women throughout the world, give Njuki faith that the world is on the right route.