Litha Musyimi-Ogana

 

Litha Musyimi-Ogana

 

Director, Women, Gender and Development

African Union Commission

Ms. Musyimi-Ogana is the Director of Women, Gender and Development at the African Union Commission after serving for four years as the Advisor on Gender, Parliamentary Affairs and Civil Society Organizations at the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

Before joining NEPAD she was the Regional Director of the African Center for Empowerment, Gender and Advocacy (AC-EGA) and she also served as a Senior Advisor Gender and Governance for the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) in New York.

Between 1983-1993, she worked in key government ministries in Kenya including the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Vice President and Ministry of Home Affairs. Ms Litha Musyimi-Ogana is currently pursuing a PhD in Development Aid at the Public and Management Development School of University of Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds a Masters of Arts (Economics) Degree and an upper Second, Bachelor of Commerce Degree (B.Com), both from the University of Nairobi. She is also qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London (ACII).

Ms. Musyimi-Ogana has been at the forefront of advocating for economically and socially fair government policies. She has played a key role in influencing government policy at national, regional and international level. In particular, Ms. Musyimi-Ogana was instrumental in negotiating key texts on gender in the preparatory process and during many United Nations conferences held since the International Conference for Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994. She was Focal Point for the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) and an Alumni of the Centre for Development and Population Activities, representing the African Region, initially as the Executive Director of Family Life Promotion and Services (FLPS) and later as the Regional Director of African Centre for Empowerment, Gender and Advocacy (AC-EGA).

Ms. Musyimi-ogana was one of the 1000 Peace Women nominated globally for the Nobel Peace Price for 2005.