Today I interviewed Dr. Jackie Ogega, a champion for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. We discussed her book Home Is Us: A Story About Hope & Resilience, a memoir of her experiences growing up in Kenya. Dr. Ogega describes the love and guidance of strong women in her childhood who gave her a sense of safety, security, and purpose in light of rampant community violence and oppression toward women.
Dr. Ogega is an inspiring leader dedicated to promoting gender equality, social inclusion, and the empowerment of women and girls. She is currently the Senior Director for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion at World Vision. She founded her organization, Mpanzi Empowering Women and Girls, supporting hundreds of women and girls in rural villages in Kenya through education, violence prevention, and livelihoods. She has a doctorate in peace and conflict studies, and a master’s degree in Gender and Development Studies.