Our host, Jenni Prisk, interviews Jane Anyango, a noted grassroots peacemaker in her native Kenya where she lives and works in one of the largest urban slums in Africa. It is here that she champions the rights of girls and women and founded an organization to help adolescent girls in response to the sexual violence and exploitation they face.
Excerpts from Interview
“Kibera is contained in 2.5 sq kms and holds 1m people.”
“I give girls who are prone to violence a voice.”
“If Kibera erupts, the whole country is affected.”
Biography of Jane Anyango
Jane is a grassroots peacebuilder who mobilized hundreds of women to reduce Kenya’s post-election violence in 2007/8 and prevent further bloodshed in the 2013 elections. She is also a founding director of the Polycom Development Project, based in Nairobi’s informal settlement of Kibera, which works to advance the rights and dignity of adolescent girls.
The interview takes place at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies (IPJ) at the University of San Diego while Jane was in residence as a Women PeaceMaker in the Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ).
More About The IPJ Women PeaceMakers Program
Since 2003, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego has welcomed four women peacemakers each year from around the world.
The women reside at the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies for two months and share their stories which are documented by four Peace Writers. While the women are in residence, “they have opportunities to exchange ideas and approaches to peacemaking and justice, which helps increase their capacity to participate in conflict resolution and peace building efforts.”