Musimbi Kanyoro, of IWF Northern California, will receive the Women’s Human Rights Award from the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on October 5th.
She will receive the The International Comity Award from CEDAW for advancing women’s human rights globally. The Women’s Human Rights Awards distinguish leaders and organizations who use their public roles to advance the rights of women.
Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is President and CEO of Global Fund for Women and a passionate advocate for women and girls’ health and human rights, and social change philanthropy. Dr. Kanyoro is an accomplished leader with three decades of experience managing international non-governmental organizations, global programs, and ecumenical agencies in cross-cultural contexts. She is a strategic leader who inspires people, mobilizes action and resources. She is the author of dozens of articles, speeches and opinion pieces and has written and co-edited 7 books and a sought after public speaker.
Dr. Kanyoro also serves on several International Boards and working groups including the Aspen Leaders Council, the UN High level Taskforce for Reproductive Health and the boards of CARE, UN Women and CHANGE.
Musimbi Kanyoro was the first non-white woman to be appointed CEO of the World YWCA. She was born in Kenya and resides in San Francisco and received her bachelor’s from the University of Nairobi, a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Texas, and a Doctorate in Feminist Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She was a visiting scholar of Hebrew and the Old Testament at Harvard University.
In addition, she received recognition in Forbes this week on an exclusive list of “10 Power Women Brands,” click here to read more.
To view details on CEDAW’s 2015 Human Rights Awards click here.