Shira Natenda, is a feminist, mentor and Woman human rights Defender. She holds a bachelors’ degree in Guidance and Counseling. She is a trainer of trainers in Leadership, Gender Justice, HIV/AIDs and Human Rights. She has 5 years experience working with key populations in areas of organization capacity building, Sexual Reproductive Health and Gender Based Violence Response programing.
She is currently the Executive Director of Golden Centre for Women’s Rights Uganda a group for and by vulnerable women refugees and natives. She serves on several board committees for grassroots organizations. Shira is passionate about empowering fellow women to find their purpose without prejudice.
Milly Kakungulu is a Lawyer currently working as a Law Tutor and Legal aid clinic Lead at Justice Defender formerly known as African Prisons Project.
She is passionate about working with the marginalised especially Women. She works with Luzira Women prison to empower women through legal education and legal aid to fight both legal battles and self-esteem geared towards restoring their dignity and hope for a brighter tomorrow.
She is a member of the Coalition against petty offences in Uganda. This advocates for the decriminalisation of petty offences in Uganda.
Joan B. Nairuba
Joan B. Nairuba is an Associate at OSH Advocates. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, commercial and corporate law. Her specialty is driven to meet day to day challenges in the fast-paced legal arena with a solid ability to juggle priorities and deliver consistently profitable results that surpass ordinary performance results.
With over 3 years’ experience. Joan has worked on a number of pro bono cases in Soroti District, Uganda with WAGRAU. She has represented women whose rights either land or human, were being infringed upon but could not afford the cost of legal services.
Octavia Kiwala is a 27 years old Public Administrator who is well known locally for her fight against body shaming and early forced child marriages especially affecting girl children. She is a strong vocal advocate against cultural norms, practices and assumptions such as a healthy body representing maturity, readiness to marry, beauty and high bride price bidding. She often speaks in schools, encouraging girls to embrace body change as part of growth and not maturity. She builds confidence in girls to strive and favourably compete with boys to become leaders and professionals. She also encourages Adolescent and Young Women to report violence they face in school, families and communities.
Esther Itapus is a Primary Head School Teacher in Serere who is very passionate about girl child education. Esther is very well known for confronting girl child sexual abuse within the school and community with an iron fist. She encourages her girl students to work hard, (often going out of her way to use her already minimal teachers salary to provide her students with menstrural pads which is a significant contribution to school dropouts and/or is often used by men to expliot this need in exchange for sexual relationships), and cautions against early marriage and sexual abuse of adolocent girls.