Past Event

Improving Capacity to Address Gender- Based Violence in Kenya: A Cross- Sectoral Conversation About Achieving Justice.

September 23, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Online Event

This event will share initial findings from the Program on Global Health Justice, and Governance’s research focused on access to justice and GBV in Kenya during the COVID-19 pandemic, and legal and public health approaches to interventions. The Columbia Global Centers President’s Global Innovation Fund (PGIF), enabled public health students in summer 2020 to research the state of GBV prevention and response work across Kenya, with a particular focus on interventions that provide access to justice. The students situated this research in the context of the COVID-19 public health crisis.


In this event, we will hear from a public health student, GBV researcher and expert, and legal expert about public health and legal approaches to GBV interventions in Kenya.


Panelist Bios

Dr. Terry McGovern

Terry McGovern is Professor and Chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Her research focuses on health and human rights, sexual and reproductive rights and health, gender justice, and environmental justice. Terry founded the HIV Law Project in 1989 where she served as its executive director until 1999. She successfully litigated numerous cases against the federal, state and local governments including S.P. v. Sullivan which forced the Social Security Administration to expand HIV-related disability criteria so that women and other excluded individuals can qualify for Medicaid and social security. From 2006 until 2012, she was Senior Program Officer in the Gender, Rights and Equality Unit of the Ford Foundation. Terry recently co-edited Women and Girls Rising: Rights, Progress and Resistance: A Global Anthology.

Dr. Mary Mwangi

Dr. Mary Mwangi is a Gender Consultant with a passion for supporting Gender-based violence prevention and response programs and research in Kenya. She has supported integration of violence prevention and response in adolescent and adult HIV prevention and treatment programs; development of Kenya’s Multi-sectoral SGBV Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and database; a comprehensive one stop gender based violence recovery Centre in Kisumu; adaptation of the WHO GBV Quality Assurance Tool; and development of a Sexual Gender -based Violence Forensic Management Curriculum. Dr. Mwangi has worked with the government of Kenya and other stakeholders to implement the 2010 and 2019 Violence against Children surveys and national action plans to address violence against children.   

Dr. Charlotte Roy

Charlotte Roy, MD, is a fellow in Global Emergency Medicine and MPH candidate at Columbia University. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at University of Chicago and earned her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College. Before fellowship, she participated in research and clinical work in Haiti, Guatemala, and Peru and has worked with asylum seekers and refugees in the U.S. Charlotte is a research assistant for the Columbia Program on Global Health Justice and Governance project on gender-based violence with a particular focus on the impact of COVID-19. She practices clinically in the Emergency Department at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

Ife Osaga Ondondo

Ife has a background in Law and International Development with over 20 years experience in the public and private sector with extensive work experience in the US and Africa.

She is currently Head of Legal for Sub Saharan Africa at Google. Previously she was General Counsel at Innovations for Poverty Action and has worked at the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, UNHCR and Oxfam America. Ife has experience in various aspects of law e.g corporate, technology, intellectual property, litigation as well as Global business regulation reform experience and experience in international development in the areas of democracy and civic education, gender and access to justice, legal reform, institutional and capacity building.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nairobi, a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and a Master of Laws from Columbia University Law School. She is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and Kenya. 

Ife has a passion for teaching and has taught at Tufts University, Boston University School of Public Health and Rutgers University in the US.


>>>The Webinar will start at 4pm (Nairobi) 9am (NY) 

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