Sarah is the Deputy Director of Open Society Institute East Africa. She previously worked as the Director of Programmes at The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) and as Progammes Manager for East Africa at Akina Mama wa Afrika. Sarah has a BA in Business and Management from the University of East London and an MSc in NGO Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Sarah is a feminist activist with extensive experience of advocacy at international, regional, and national levels. She has participated in a number of key UN meetings, where she has coordinated advocacy strategies for the various women’s interest groups, including the African Women’s Caucus, and the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights, a campaign for the ratification and implementation of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.
Sarah also lived in the UK for a number of years, where she worked in local and health authorities as a community development officer, developing services for minority ethnic communities in London and in particular refugees and asylum seekers. She has a special interest in the areas of race as it interfaces with gender, sexual rights and issues relating to the integrity of women’s bodies, as well as the institutional development of women’s rights organisations.
Sarah is a trainer and facilitator specialising in the organisational development of NGOs, feminist theory and practice, and influencing policy. She has coordinated training for The African Women’s Leadership Institute at Akina Mama wa Afrika. She has facilitated meetings and training sessions for AWDF as well as, DANIDA (Uganda), ActionAid International, Uganda as well as a number of regional and national women’s NGOs and government institutions, on capacity building, team building and strategic planning. She is a member of the Working Group of the African Feminist Forum.