Regina Mutiru is an author of The Connector book and an accredited member of FemWise – the African Union arm of women mediators. Regina is a strong believer that when women come together, they can organise and grab a seat at the wider table, and if the table is full, they can turn around the table and create new tables. “This is what women have done world over, those conversations by women when they go fetching firewood matter, and they contribute to the wider policy conversations when women sit at the table”. She continues, “The thing is, when women are at the table, they impact across genders and generations”.
Regina is a peace and gender practitioner, with an expertise in conflict analysis, dialogue, P/CVE and Gender analysis in different setups, Regina has dedicated huge portion of her time in empowering grassroots young girls in education through a community based organization she founded in 2014. With a MA in Peace, Conflict and Development from the University of Bradford, UK, she Co – founded Amani Women Network (AWN) to bridge the gap between Kenyan women peace builders and young women budding peace builders for among others mentorship, networking and opportunity sharing. She is a Rotary Peace Fellow and a Female Wave of Change Kenya (FWoC) Ambassador.
Regina currently works with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Kenya, an organization that works to facilitate elimination of all forms of ethnic, religious and race discrimination and promoting tolerance among Kenyans. With NCIC, she has led several programs in the informal settlements of Nairobi and other regions of the country working with youth and women towards building community resilience against P/CVE and the general public on dialogue and mediation. She is currently involved in the development of the 2nd Kenya National Action Plan (KNAP) for UNSCR 1325. As a young woman, she is part of the team developing a women mediator’s manual with Peace through Pluralism group. During her free time, she volunteers with Kenya National Committee for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention and loves to knit and crotchet.