Salome Mbugua has been Head of Operations and Strategy with AkiDwA since September 2018. She is a researcher, gender equality activist and human rights advocate with over 20 years’ experience of working with under-represented groups, in particular with women, children, and young people, in Europe, Africa and internationally.
In June 2018 Salome was appointed by the Tánaiste to chair the working group on Ireland’s Third National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security .
In September 2018 Salome was appointed to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission by the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins.
Salome has extensive expertise and experience in areas such as organizational management, policy development, strategic planning, human resources management, project development, conflict resolution, gender and migration, Gender Based Violence, civic engagement, health and Economic Empowerment and Feminist approach to research and analysis.
Her strong believe in equality and justice has shaped her career, leading to engagement with policy makers at National, European and International level. Salome has been involved with various Irish Government Departments in the development of several policies and strategies focusing on economic, social and political development.
She is the chairperson of European Network of Migrant Women and she has a seat on the EU Expert group on Economic Migration. She also sits on the Observatory Experts Group on Violence against Women with European Women Lobby. She is 2015 OHCHR-UN Fellows on People of African Descent and 2010 Eisenhower Fellow on Women Leadership.
Salome has a Master’s Degree in Equality Studies from University College Dublin and she is currently on her final year of undertaking Doctorate research on conflict, peace building and reconciliation at Trinity College Dublin. Her research focuses on integrating women into peacebuilding, a case study on North Kivu, DRC.