Mary Wandia is an African feminist whose feminist journeys started at the African Women’s Development and Communications Network (FEMNET) in 1999 where she worked as a Programme Officer leading on advocacy around gender mainstreaming in the transition from the Organisation of African Unity to the African Union (AU), as well as trade and financing for development. Until March 2009, she worked as the Women’s Rights Coordinator at the Africa Secretariat of Action Aid International in Nairobi, and is currently working as the Pan Africa Gender Justice and Governance Lead at Oxfam’s Pan Africa Programme.
For over fifteen years Mary has contributed to women’s rights advocacy work at the national, sub-regional and regional levels in Africa. She is one of the co-founding members of the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) that advocates for the implementation of the AU Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa. Mary is a member of the African Feminist Forum Working Group and an alumni of, and member of the training faculty of the African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI). Mary is the Interim Chair of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Citizens’ participation on the African UNION (CCP-AU).