Dr Ruth Nekura

Dr Ruth Nekura

Legal Director

Ruth Nekura is a human rights lawyer and socio-legal researcher with 10 years’ experience working in gender equality and women’s rights with a focus on law and policy reform, advocacy and program implementation. Her work involves conducting  gender analyses of laws and implementation practices. She is passionate about access to justice and invokes both structural and individual level analyses to challenge systemic inequality and re-imagine ways of overcoming barriers to women’s access to justice.

She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, and holds an LLM (Human Rights Law) and a PhD (in Public Law) from the University of Cape Town. Her PhD research used a feminist human rights approach to assess the fulfilment of State responsibility to act with due diligence to prevent and effectively respond to violence against women and girls, through the implementation of multi-sector approaches (One-Stop-Centres) that integrate health, legal and psychosocial services to support victims of sexual violence in Kenya and South Africa, comparatively. She previously worked with the Coalition On Violence Against Women (COVAW), Kenya Law Reform Commission, and the Centre for Law and Society (UCT).  She is a member of the Initiative for Strategic Litigation (ISLA) Panel of Experts (IPE), and has provided technical expertise to various other organisations and initiatives at different levels; from supporting social movements at the grassroots level to national and international NGOs, such as, the World Health Organization(WHO), Womankind Worldwide, the Kenya Network of Organisations Working on the Rights of Women/Girls with Disabilities, the American Jewish World Service(AJWS), International Federation of the Red Cross and UN Women- Kenya.