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Sally Leiyan

Protection Officer: East Africa

Sally joined Front Line Defenders in April 2022 as the Protection Officer for East Africa. Her current focus is towards the holistic provision of support to indigenous peoples human rights defenders in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. Similar to her role at Front Line Defenders, Sally has four years of previous experience in East Africa building on the visibility of people who have been structurally made invisible or marginalised on the basis of their gender - or lack thereof -, their choice of profession, sexuality, and disability. This combined with work on building cross-movement work between different social justice movements. She has two years of experience in refugee resettlement in Africa and a combined eight years working on different aspects of gender-based violence. Sally identifies as a dedicated cat mom and an African black feminist