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Wangari Ireri

Community Outreach Manager

What do you do at TICAH?

I collaborate closely with community members to examine the beliefs and frameworks within our community that impact Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR). Our aim is to highlight and commend beliefs that lead to positive SRH outcomes while discouraging those that have negative effects. We accomplish this by hosting community dialogues covering various SRH topics.

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

Through these dialogues, our goal is for community members to discover reasoned ways of understanding critical SRH issues, fostering the enjoyment of sexual and reproductive health. We acknowledge that many SRH conversations can be emotionally charged, hindering the ability to reach meaningful conclusions.

What do you love about TICAH?

I like that TICAH values are deeply seated in listening to the community members. This is particularly important because there is not a strong urge to design solutions for the community's challenges but to co-create solutions with available resources in our areas of interventions.

Share a little about your professional background.

My professional background centers on gender, development, and human rights. Previously, I've collaborated with governmental and non-governmental organizations, all dedicated to advancing human rights. Prior to my role at TICAH, I was part of the Kenya Medical Association, where I spearheaded a project within the Reproductive Health Rights Alliance. Together with medical providers, our focus was on implementing a human rights-based approach to delivering SRH services. We aimed to influence legal and policy frameworks, ensuring equitable access to SRH services for all community members, regardless of their financial status. Additionally, I've been involved in harm reduction programs aimed at supporting Persons Using Drugs, advocating for support rather than punishment to improve their situations.

Who (living or dead) would you like to have dinner with and why?

Kamala Harris, I like her laughter and her profound interpretations of how people misunderstand others based of their own limitations.