HRDA Alumni News


    On 8 December 2019, following an Alumni Symposium held at the University of Pretoria's Future Africa Campus, the Centre for

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    This publication commemorates 18 years of the Master’s programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (HRDA). It gives a

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  • On 9 December 2011, the Alumni Association welcomes 30 new members who will be awarded the LLM in Human Rights

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  • Issues of the Alumni Newsletter provide more comprehensive reports on various engagements of alumni in the field. Righting Wrongs: Alumni Newsletter

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  • The Centre for Human Rights has learned with alarm of the arrest and continued detention of a prominent Swazi human

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laurah arudi maina

Country / Where did you grow up:
Kenya, Nairobi

Academic qualifications:
BA - Sociology and Psychology, Kenyatta University

Since graduating, I have intensely worked with diverse human right movements in Kenya covering; women, refugees and asylum seekers, sexual and gender minorities and stateless persons. At the Kenya Human Rights Commission, I engaged with the Green Amendment Campaign whose objective was to increase women representation in elective government positions. The campaign involved, creating awareness on importance of women to vie for leadership positions and collection of signatures to account for the popular initiative. I assisted in the drafting of the national action plan for stateless persons, focusing on late registration of births and ensuring that no child is born stateless. I wrote an action plan on the “security reforms to curb violence against LGBTI persons focusing in Kwale, Nakuru, Kisumu and Mombasa counties. At the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, I was involved in writing alternative reports (CEDAW and Convention against Acts of Torture), press statements, newsletters, training of stakeholders on LGBTI rights in Kenya. I was part of a research team that produced a report on the ‘Lived Experiences of LBQ women in Kenya' as well as the reference person for Kenya in drafting and monitoring the SOGIE online module toolkit for National Human Rights Institution based on Yogyakarta principles.

Academic fields of interest:
Human Rights Law and Research

Position prior to the programme:
Administration and Communication Officer



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