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Janet Mbugua: Crusader for gender equality

Achieving Woman
 Starting in the media industry at only 19, Janet worked her way to the top to become a celebrated news anchor [Instagram]

Janet Mbugua has made great strides in her working life. Starting in the media industry at only 19, Janet worked her way to the top to become a celebrated news anchor.

With many media awards to her name, Janet is proof that you can do it all through hard work, passion, and dedication. After leaving the industry after 17 years, she made it her mission to change girls’ lives.

The gender equality and human rights amplifier and digital influencer is the founder of the Inua Dada Foundation. Her foundation focuses on ending period poverty.

Her foundation was inspired by a feature that showed girls using unsanitary products like chicken feathers and goat hide to manage their menstruation.

“It birthed in me the need to push for girls and women to be able to access the right products and information about their period,” reads a piece from her website.

Soon after her exit from the media, she took up humanitarian work. 

She began consulting for The Hive, a US-based organisation seeking to amplify Gender Equality messaging in Kenya and other African countries, and collaborated with Unicef on their End Child Marriage campaign, as one of their spokespersons and influencers in Kenya.

 Soon after her exit from the media, she took up humanitarian work [Instagram]

Janet, who was a Lifebuoy ambassador back in 2016 was the project lead for the #Better4kenya campaign whose main aim was to challenge the government to prioritise gender equality. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was also part of the campaign.

Janet released her book, My First Time in 2019. A comfortable shoe fanatic, Janet has recently launched her podcast.

Her podcast is meant to address questions about menstrual health after she realised that there is a lot of stigma around menstruation.

 

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