GCWA: Annah Irungu joins the GCWA advisory group
Annah Irungu, Founder & Excutive Director of Teenagers Plus CBO – Kenya, is a psychology professional with a background as a life-skills trainer for adolescents and teenagers over the last 12 years.
Annah is a trainer counselor and with immense hands on community leadership focusing on rights of adolescents sexual reproductive health rights, including family planning services for women and girls at community levels, a platform that propelled her as a global advocate for universal access and the status of women and is a prominent feature in international forums such as ATHENA, GCWA, ICW, UNGASS and the WNZ a women’s’ rights advocacy platform. She was nominated by UNAIDS for training on the global country’s’ roll-out of the Accelerated Agenda for Women and Girls in the context of HIV in the 2012 International AIDS Conference and is at the forefront of the roll out nationally. She has co-coordinated the local chapter of UNGASS forum and continues to be a focal person on matters of gender wquity and women's empowerment working closely with international partners such as CHANGE and national bodies involved with HIV/AIDS responses locally. She has held panel discussions on sexual adn reproductive health and rights and need for its integration to HIV services at the KAISER Foundation in the 2012 International AIDS Conference and at the Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Pentagon City. She has been interviewed by Lamparina Films – Brazil and the Voice of America in Washington DC on her advocacy work on children born and living with HIV in the Kariobangi slums of Nairobi Kenya. Her hands on involvement and championing of women’ agenda informs local and national processes as a Civil Society representative and advisor to country delegation such as the National Agency Coordination Board for Population and Development and other high level meetings on HIV/AIDS and consults with the key ministries on health budget making processes for national planning bringing on the round table the grounds realities and needs of most at risk populations such as persons with disabilities and people living with HIV.
Annah is a graduate of America World University - psychology - and the University of Nairobi - sign language an advocacy tool she uses for representing the under-served the deaf community in Kariobangi / Korogocho informal settlements east of Nairobi, Kenya.