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Doris Kathia

Global Network for Women Peacebuilders

Doris Kathia is currently a Communications Associate at the Global Network for Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), where she leverages her media communications skills to amplify women’s voices and promote peacebuilding worldwide. She is a Kenyan human rights defender who has been working on promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for over a decade. Her work focuses on advocating for the rights of women, girls, and marginalized communities in Kenya and beyond. She has been involved in various initiatives aimed at promoting human rights, including advocating for safe abortion, promoting comprehensive sexuality education, and fighting against gender-based violence. She has also been involved in efforts to promote the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS.

While Kenya maintains the appearance of a country where the public space is open, specific categories of human rights defenders encounter a wide range of risks as a result of their work. These include human rights defenders and journalists working on highly sensitive corruption issues, those who document or contribute testimony on past violence (including the 2007/2008 post election violence and frequent extra-judicial killings by the police) as well as those using peaceful demonstrations as an advocacy tool.