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Jedidah Maina

Executive Director

What do you do at TICAH?

My work at TICAH currently is that of leading the team and resource mobilisation to ensure we can continue to do the amazing work that impacts our communities. I also take a lead role in visioning on the strategic direction of TICAH.

What do you hope your work will do for the community you work with?

My hope is that the communities we work with feel empowered to act on their choices on health and that resources and services exist to support those choices.

What do you love about TICAH?

What I love most about TICAH is the diversity and inclusion we apply in our work. I also love that we are brave and we rarely shy away from difficult conversations or seeking difficult answers.

Share a little about your professional background

I consider myself an activist. I have been working on women’s rights, especially reproductive health rights for slightly over 14 years. My first job was with Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) where we championed for the enactment and implementation of the Sexual Offences Act (2006). In 2007 I joined the Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH) as the Sexuality Program Officer. My work has included developing programs, and fun sexuality education materials, trainings on reproductive health choices and advocating for change in attitudes, laws and policies, and creating safe spaces for honest conversation about sex and sexuality. I have a Bachelors of Arts degree (Economics and Sociology) and a Masters in Arts in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi.

What is your favourite food?

My favourite food is mukimo or irio. It is a mixture of beans and maize mashed with pumpkin vegetables and potatoes.