Saturday, October 6, 2012

Alice Nderitu named Woman Peace-Maker of the Year in US

Alice Nderitu at a Past NCIC meeting
National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Commissioner Alice Nderitu has been named among the 2012 Women Peace-Maker of the Year by the Joan Kroc Institute of the University of San Diego in the United States of America.

The award recognizes her human rights and peace-building work in Kenya and the region as well as her efforts in spearheading the UWIANO platform in 2010. This platform she initiated is currently being used as an alert system for the country during the forthcoming general elections in 2013.

Mrs. Nderitu, who before being appointed as a NCIC Commissioner in 2003 worked as as a prison officer, a teacher and reporter, has been in the forefront of preventing and transforming conflict in Kenya.

In the aftermath of Kenya’s notorious 2007-2008 post-election violence, Nderitu joined the newly created NCIC to mediate ethnic and race-related conflict and promote peaceful coexistence. As a mediator and a human rights and ethnic relations specialist for NCIC, Nderitu has led and built mediation teams in Kenya’s conflict hot-spots. 

Other women who were named Women Peace-Makers of the Year include:
Radha Paudel of Nepal, the Founder and President of Action Works Nepal (AWON).
Ludmila Popovici of Moldova, the Founder of the Rehabilitation Center of Torture Victims Memoria (RCTV Memoria) in Moldova.
Nancy Sánchez of Colombia, a gallant journalist who has documented human rights abuses and the survival strategies of everyday women and men for over two decades in the more than 40-year-long conflict in Colombia.

Read more on the 2012 Women PeaceMakers 

“I am a child of these two worlds and the need to bring the two together is urgent.” – Alice Nderitu

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