The Human Rights and Social Justice (HRSJ) Fellowship Program is a joint partnership program of the University Bagamoyo and Akiba Uhaki Foundation implemented by the University of Bagamoyo. The program aims at building and sustain a new crop of community leaders, who generate specific knowledge on Human Rights, Social Justice and Human Rights Protection. This is achieved through the support for skills development; reflection and action-oriented research amongst East African social change agents with the hope of producing social change agents who are innovative, passionate and resourceful about making concrete improvements in the lives of disadvantaged and marginalized communities.
Mr. Owino is currently working with the Centre for Rights Education, Governance and Development (CREGD) as a Projects Coordinator. He also sits in the Management Committee of Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO Trust) as the Vice – Chairperson. Between January 2006 and March 2014 Mr. Owino worked with Legal Resources Foundation Trust (LRF) in the positions of Programme Assistant, Assistant Programme Officer and Project Officer respectively. He is an alumnus of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and Youth Political Leadership Academy. He has been actively involved in Human Rights Education work both in the Criminal Justice system and in the general civic education over the years in Kenya. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Journalism and Media Studies (Development Communication) from the University of Nairobi and has also undertaken training in other areas including Paralegal Law and Practice, Security Management and Protection for Human Rights Defenders.
Mr. Olal works for Bunge la Mwananchi social movement in Kenya as the National Coordinator, he is a social justice advocate and a human rights defender, a Pan Africanist and a socialist. He is passionate about making the world a free and just society free from discrimination, marginalization and poverty.
Ms. Nkanira is the Country Representative of Initiatives for Peace and Human Rights (IPHR) in Burundi. With a background in International Security and Conflict, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Law; she is heads the IPHR’s team in implementing actions in Burundi in collaboration with IPHR’s offices in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Nkanira also volunteers as the secretary general of a community led organization, Komera Club Community based in Vancouver (Canada) which she co-founded in 2011.
He is a Legal Officer at the Children Education Society (CHESO), Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania. CHESO empowers communities to protect and promote children’s right to education. He interned at Zambia Aids Law Research and Advocacy Network (ZARAN), located in Lusaka – Zambia. Mr. Makolo participated in the National Assessment of Learning Outcomes in Tanzania, May 2011, for the UWEZO-Tanzania Project. He was an assistant editor of a translated Swahili Version of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), published by the Children Education Society (CHESO).
Mr. Otieno is the Convener for the Coalition for Constitutional Implementation (CCI) in Kenya, a grassroots network seeking to ensure full and proper implementation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010. He is also the Executive Director of the Hapa Extension Providers (HEP), a Range Scientist, Researcher and also a former President of Bunge la Mwananchi (People’s Parliament). He is a graduate of University of Nairobi (2005). He is an active and well known Civil Society Activist and Human Rights Defender in Kenya.
Ms. Ogutu is a Kenyan feminist, a women’s rights activist, a human rights defender, a poet, an actress, a grassroots leader, a community mobilizer and a social worker.
She is coordinates the World March of Women-Kenyan chapter (WMW), an organization/movement working to eliminate the root causes of poverty and violence against women. Ms. Ogutu is actively serving in many other human rights organization boards and working teams including Kenya Community Media Network (KCOMNET), Social Reform Centre (SOREC) and Kenya Women Political Alliance (K-WPA).
Ms. Nalubega is a Psychologist by profession, a Bachelor’s Degree graduate in Community Psychology from Makerere University Uganda. Currently, she works with Action for Rural Women’s Empowerment (ARUWE) Uganda as a Programs Manager which supports empowerment of rural women and children. She has built her capacity over the 8 years in areas of fundraising, project proposal and concept developments, developing organizational policies, efficient communication with donors and empowering grassroots community led advocacy. Ms. Nalubega is passionate about building the social skills of the youth through music, dance, leadership and mentorship. She is also promotes awareness in women’s rights, Reproductive health and HIV/AIDS and economic empowerment through song and choreographer.
She is a Tanzanian feminist and human rights activist working as a Legal Officer at different Law Firms. She also works with the Tanzania Women and Children Welfare Centre defending women and children rights, welfare and fairness.
Mr. Tebanyang holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environment and Natural Resource Management from Kampala International University. He has also undergone training in media and journalism. He is a practicing journalist and programme presenter at Uganda Broadcasting Corporation. He has good experience is in media management, broadcasting, communication, Research, mobilization, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Conservation, and Adaptive Agriculture with SCCVi-Agro Forestry Sweden-Uganda Partnership, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation and Karamoja development Forum. With a Passion in Human development, his ambition is in creating a transparent land and natural resource development.
Ms. Maembe is a Peace builder and Human Rights activist, working with Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA) as a communication officer; and also acts as TAWLA radio program presenter. She is also a passionate Artist and paints, designs, sings music and dances traditional dances. Ms. Maembe is a Swahili teacher for foreigners. She is a Fine and Performing Arts graduate from the University of Dar es Salaam
Ms. Irambona is from Burundi, she is working with Racines de l’Espoir, an organization working towards human rights education and promotion. She serves as a Program Manager where she leads the team in planning, implementing and evaluating the programmes and advocacy work.
Mr. Balale is lawyer from Tanzania. He works as a Legal officer at People’s Development Forum (PDF) where he is tasked with giving legal advice, legal assistance and legal aid training to clients and beneficiaries of PDF. His organization runs legal and socio-economic activities aimed at adressing societal problems. PDF priority areas are: Promotion of access to timely, quality, affordable and equitable Health care Services.
Mr. Kayihura is a Rwandese and human rights activist in Rwanda. He is using media as platform for engagement on human rights and social justice issues. He is a Radio Manager at radio Izuba situated in the Eastern Province of Rwanda.
Ms. Kacuculi is Ugandan and human rights community worker, working with Pastoral Women Alliance to Break Cultural Chains (PWABC). PWABC is women centered community based organization initiated by rural Rukoola pastoralist women (victims of culture) in 2003. She serves as the Chairperson of Board of Directors and one of the founders (PWABC).
Ms. Madaha is a Tanzanian; she is trained in community relation and development planning. She works as a volunteer community facilitator at Kagera Development and Credit Revolving Fund; she is an activist for economic and social development issues.
Mr. Diomede a Burundian, he holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Masters degree in Leadership and Management. Mr. Diomede has been in human rights movement for over 10 years and has served in different human rights organizations in Burundi in different capacities. He is currently serving as a Legal Representative of Burundi Coalition –an association of human rights organizations.
Mr. Odhiambo, a Kenyan, is the convener of young Peoples Forum and the speaker of Nairobi Slums Leaders Assembly. He is a social rights activist and a politician. He is passionate about youth rights in the East Africa.
Mr. Charo a Kenyan works with the Ark Development Initiative (ADI) as the C.E.O. ADI is an organization that works on Economic, Governance, Socio-Cultural Empowerment and Human Rights. Mr. Charo is also a poet, and some of his works are soon to be published and they include: Dreams from the future, Changing Course, A leaf falls, Little Angels, The moments we shared, Worry not my brother and Cry not my sister, the road to heaven). HisPersonal maxim: Live and learn, work, achieve and laugh, nothing is impossible.
Mr. Gacheke is a Kenyan social justice advocate and a Pan-African activist who has been in the Human rights movement in Kenya for almost a decade. He is a member of people’s parliament (Bunge la Mwananchi) in Kenya; and participated in its formative stages to create a nation-wide grass roots social movement.
Ms. Lihiru is a Tanzanian human rights activists as well as an academician at Open University of Tanzania where she teaches human rights law. As an activist Ms. Lihiru engages in civil society work in advocating for Marginalized People’s Rights and awareness creation in respect to East Africa integration.