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WTV |

4TH NOVEMBER 2016

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LINDA KROEGER

She Power: Akili Dada

The AD director was interviewed on WTV empowerment of the girl and different women issues and how Akili Dada comes in to assist in bringing solutions.

NTV |

11th October 2016

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BY: Kobi Kihara

Lifestyle – Girls rule the world

Kobi Kihara speaks to Joyce Ngumba (Director-Innovation in Leadership Program, Akili Dada) and Sharon Ng’ang’a as the world marks the International Day of the Girl Child.

Citizen Tv |

14th October 2016

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BY: Sila Too

Jubilee Party – Getrude Chemutai

Political aspirant Getrude gives her speech on how she registered her company as a young lady and she is stepping up.

CNN |

6th October 2016

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BY: Jacqueline Gulledge

How to help educate girls around the world

CNN records that Some 62 million girls around the world are not in school, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Saturday Nation |

20th August 2016

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BY: Joan Thatiah

Clean water champion

Beth Koigi, 25, is the founder of Aqua Clean Initiative, a project that distributes water filters to low-income families.She was featured on the saturday nation.

Daily Nation |

12th September 2016

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BY: Brian Moseti

Artistes used to endear Jubilee Party to the youth

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto join in a jig with artist Jaguar during the launch of Jubilee Party on September 10, 2016 at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani. Apart from the politicians who addressed the gathering, most of the other speakers were young people.

The Osasu Show |

2nd September 2016

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BY: Osasu Igibenedon

The Osasu Show: African Women Leaders Symposium

At the African Women Leaders Symposium the Akili Dada Director is featured in the Osasu show addressing different women issues and what Akili Dada is helping young women rise.

Saturday Nation |

6th August 2016

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BY: Joan Thatiah

My job is to make disadvantaged girls tech-savvy

Miriam Wambui, 26, is the project co-ordinator of Nairobits Trust which equips youth from underprivileged backgrounds with ICT skills was featured by Saturday nation.

Saturday Nation |

13th August 2016

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BY: Joan Thatiah

Giving disabled people a voice

As featured in the saturday nation, Mercy Mugure is the executive producer of Ability Africa Magazine which gives a voice to people living with disability, at Nation Centre on August 10, 2016.

Daily Nation |

5th August 2016

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BY: Thomas Rajula

Many successful people are products of mentorship

Those we admire are products of mentorship. They have been shaped by the experiences of mentors who took their time to counsel them.

Daily Nation |

9th July 2016

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BY: Joan Thatiah

Introducing alternative fuel sources

As featured in the daily nation,Shirley Koriana displays briquettes at her home in Ongata Rongai. She is the founder of Sironka Briquette Enterprise.

Saturday Nation |

30th July 2016

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BY: Joan Thatiah

The peace building champion

Yvonne Akoth is the founder of Impart Change, a peace-building NGO. She is also an Akili Dada Fellow. She shares her story with Joan Thatiah.

People’s Daily |

4th July 2016

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BY: Lilian Kaivilu

Reclaiming the dignity of Maasai girls

Her only luck was that her father rejected a number of offers from men who wanted to marry her even before she was 18. Thirty-two year-old Grace Turanta, the founder of Serian Foundation and a 2015 Akili Dada Fellow is now speaking for those girls who are not as fortunate. She was featured on the People’s daily.

Daily Nation |

2nd July 2016

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BY: Joan Thatiah

Mazingira Safi: Making Nairobi clean again

Purity Wanjohi featured in the Daily Nation is the founder Mazingira Safi Initiative, a community-based organisation that cleans up the city through volunteers.

Daily Nation |

25th June 2016

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BY: Joan Thatiah

My purpose is to give widows an economic lifeline

Bella Achieng Owino is the founder of We Can Nyanza Women in Ramba, Homabay County, which changes the economic fortunes of widows for the better.

Daily Nation |

18th June 2016

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BY: Joan Thatiah

Healing through theatre and dance

Leonidah Nanjala is the founder of Tema Creations in Mombasa. She offers art therapy to vulnerable children as featured in the Daily Nation.
She is currently working with 30 children.

Ashesi stories |

15th June 2016

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Four students selected to be 2016 Melton Fellows at Ashesi

Alumnae class of 2015, four Ashesi students have been selected as Ashesi’s Melton Fellows for 2016.

Joan Thatiah |

10th June 2016

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Giving women a second chance at secondary school

2016 Fellow, Susan Achieng was featured on the Daily Nation founding Inua Kike, a foundation that gives grown-up women a second chance at secondary school education

Joan Thatiah |

10th June 2016

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From chalk to catwalk

As featured on the Daily Nation, Hyral Matete is the founder of Angels of Sunset, a modelling agency for children, in Kisumu.

WTV Kenya |

7th June 2016

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Linda Kroeger

SHE POWER: YOUNG WOMEN IN BUSINESS

In this episode, Linda Kroeger hosts Munira Twahir, the Director and Founder of Inetco Limited. She shares on how she started her social enterprise based on the stigma associated with menstruation and the difficulty of accessing sanitary towels in an emergency situation.

People Daily |

6th June 2016

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Lilian Kaivilu

Art of Peace

Impart Change, a local non-profit organisation is using art as a tool to champion sustainable peace and prevent violence among the youth.
Featured in the People's daily,Yvonne Akoth, is the founder and director of Impart Change and a Post 2015 Ambassador of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

Daily Nation |

3rd June 2016

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Joan Thatiah

Creating the next generation of booklovers

As featured on the Daily Nation,
Catherine Miano is the founder Pitch a Dream, an organisation that nurtures a reading culture among pupils from less-privileged backgrounds.

Daily Nation |

28th May 2016

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Joan Thatiah

I want to free women to live their lives

2016 Fellow,Munira Twahir was featured on the Daily Nation is the CEO of Inteco Kenta Ltd, a company that installs sanitary pad dispensers.

Standard Media |

29th May 2016

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Marie Muli

How success is directly tied to inner peace

2013 fellow, Maria Omare was featured in the standard media for having founded an organization known as the Action Foundation to help children with disability in Kibera slums.

UP Magazine |

26th April 2016

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Akili Dada grooming next-gen women leaders

Akili Dada was featured in the UP Magazine,well represented by the AD Director,Purity Kagwiria as an Organization that is grooming the next generation women leaders.

UP Magazine |

31st March 2016

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Akili Dada grooming next-gen women leaders

Akili Dada was featured in the UP Magazine,well represented by the AD Director,Purity Kagwiria as an Organization that is grooming the next generation women leaders.

Business Daily |

24th December 2015

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Jackson Biko

Purity is in the corner of the girl-child

Purity Kagwiria is featured in the business daily as the Executive Director of Akili Dada – an incubator nurturing a generation of young African women – has been doing phenomenal work and is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary next year.

The Way Women Work Blog |

27th October 2015

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Rania Habiby Anderson

Helping Women’s Products Fly Off the Shelf in Uganda

Women are told how they can be able to promote their products and how Akili Dada has come in to help achieve it.

People’s Daily |

22 June 2015

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Lillian Kaivilu

People living with disability deserve a chance, not pity

Mercy Mugure shares her story
She was left with a fused knee after suffering from Osteomyelitis when she was nine. But she never allowed this to kill her vision and went on to co-found Ability Society of Kenya.

Global Fund for Women Campaign |

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Cynthia Muhonja

#DETERMINED 
to help girls get the education they deserve.

Northern California Grantmakers |

2nd November 2014

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All the Way from Nairobi: International Guest Speaker Purity Kagwiria

Purity Kagwiria was hosted as an International guest speaker at Northern California Grantmakers.

African Peace Journal |

16th February 2014

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Interview with Purity Kagwiria,Executive Director of Akili Dada

Interview with Purity Kagwiria,Executive Director of Akili Dada

Saturday Nation |

14th September 2013

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Tricia Wanjala

A nest for bright girls

Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Executive Director of Akili Dada was featured,she shares her personal life experience that led to the birth of Akili Dada

Mkurugenzi |

7th June 2013

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Accomplished Professional African Women

Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Executive Director of Akili Dada was featured,she shares her personal life experience that led to the birth of Akili Dada

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26th May 2013

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Jonathan Lewis’ blog

How-To Be An Imperfect Woman of Change

Dr. Interview with Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Executive Director of Akili Dada.

Business Daily |

10th March 2013

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Margaretta wa Gacheru

Celebrating Women’s Achievements and Struggles

Alliance Francaise of Nairobi has been celebrating International Women’s Day every year since 2008 with a Festival ‘CulturElles’ featuring everything from visual art, photography and poetry to film, song and dance by and for women.

BBC World Service |

9th March 2013

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Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg on BBC World Service

The Balance, Women in the workforce.

Royal African Society blog |

8th March 2013

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Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg

African Women Need to Step up into Leadership

To mark International Women’s Day 2013, contributions from a number of influential women from a variety of professional backgrounds, of both African and Non-African descent and all engaged with the progress of women on the continent around the world was invited.

Standard Digital News |

30th December 2012

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Njoki Chege, Allan Olingo, Shirley Genga

Meet Some of Kenya’s Female Achievers

Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Executive Director of Akili Dada was listed as one the Kenya’s female achievers.

New African magazine |

26th November 2012

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Most Influential Africans

Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Executive Director of Akili Dada was listed as one the most influential Africans’

Whitman College News |

14th November 2012

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Champion of Democracy

The Ford Foundation Names Whitman Alumna a “Champion of Democracy

Minnesota Alumni Association magazine |

1st September 2012

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Laura Weber

A Champion of Change

A profile of Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg in the University of Minnesota Alumni Association magazine, Fall 2012 issue.

Google.org. |

3rd August 2012

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Kate Parker

Grant Recipients Changing the World

Grant Recipients Changing the World

African Scholar magazine |

31st August 2012

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Laura Weber

Empowering Girls and Women Through Education

Empowering Girls and Women Through Education

BBC’s Focus on Africa. |

August 2012

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Belinda Otas

Receive with One Hand, Give with the Other

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25th July 2012

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American Association of University Women

Meet Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg: Activist for Africa

An interview with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the United States’ leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls.

The Huffington Post |

21st June 2012

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Cecilia Attias

Women and Leadership: Let’s Continue the Conversation

Women must be actively involved in peace and reconciliation negotiations and in the development of their countries.

Foreign Policy magazine |

20th June 2012

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Introducing the FPwomerati,

world’s top 100 women tweeters

HerCampus.com |

8th May 2012

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Sophia Zogopoulos

Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg

Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg interview with HerCampus.com as one of the inspirational women leaders in the world.

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3rd April 2012

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USF Professor Honored at White House

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7th March 2012

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Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg: Education & Empowerment

An online article in See Africa Differently.

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1st March 2012

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White House Recognizes USF Professor’s Work in Africa

USF Newsroom |

14th February 2012

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USF Champion of Change at the White House

Mwakilishi |

1st February 2012

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Kenya Native Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg Honored at the White House

Kenya Native Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg Honored at the White House

The Standard |

31st January 2012

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Chris Wamalwa

Kenyans honored by White House

Two Kenyan scholars based in the US are among fourteen Africans with roots in the Horn Africa that were honored by the White House for charitable work in their communities back at home.Dr. Wanjiru Kamau Rutenberg, Founder and Executive Director of Akili Dada was one of them.

Daily Nation |

31st January 2012

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Ashley Lime

Obama fetes Kenyan champions of change

Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg was recognised for her work in mentoring and inspiring young people to be courageous enough to dream of a better future.

Vibe Weekly |

30th January 2012

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White house to Honor a Kenyan, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg as a Champion of Change

Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg was recognised for her work in mentoring and inspiring young people to be courageous enough to dream of a better future.

NTV Kenya |

30th January 2012

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Obama to Honour Kenyan

Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg was recognised for her work in mentoring and inspiring young people to be courageous enough to dream of a better future.

Kenyan Daily Post |

30th January 2012

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Dr. Wanjiru to receive honor from Obama

On Aptantech |

27th December 2011

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Kenya-Based Akili Dada to benefit from Google’s $40 million grant kitty

Kenya’s Akili Dada, which supports young female leaders through education, mentoring and leadership training, is among 11 organizations selected to benefit from Google’s $ 40 million grant which covers areas of education, technology for social good and how to end modern day slavery.

KQED radio |

21st November 2011

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Yo Ann Martinez

Can Girls’ Education Change the World?

A broadcast on KQED radio featuring Akili Dada’s Executive Director participating in panel discussion at the World Affairs Council of San Francisco

The Standard |

26th August 2011

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Njoki Chege

Don sharpens brilliant minds

Thanks to Good Samaritans, Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, 33, is now a professor of Politics at a US university. Through Akili Dada, she is investing in the lives of poor talented girls.

Business Daily |

4th August 2011

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Mugambi Mutegi

Scholar goes to the rescue of needy high school girls

Wanjiru Rutennberg’s frustration with an education system that denies qualified pupils opportunities in secondary schools compelled her to start a scholarship cum leadership incubator for girls.

Thompson Reuters Foundation |

3rd June 2011

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Kenyan Women Nurture Africa’s Future Leaders on TrustLaw

Care2 blog |

19th April 2011

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Nicole P.

Akili Dada:Empowering Young Kenyan Women

Akili Dada addresses these inequalities and empowers exceptional young Kenyan women by providing them with secondary school scholarships, leadership training, and mentors.

Inter Press Service |

30th May 2010

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Beatriz Bissio

Young People Blurring Borders

Incorporating young people into the task of fostering understanding between people of various cultural and religious backgrounds is one of the four priority areas of the Alliance of Civilisations.

euronews |

May 2010

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euronews

Empower Underprivileged, Says UN Forum

Empowering the Underprivileged in Africa

Whitman College president George Bridges |

20th June 2008

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Akili Dada mentioned in the Baltimore Sun

Akili Dada mentioned in the Baltimore Sun in an article by Whitman College president George Bridges

KPFA |

14th Jan 2008

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Walter Turner

Interview on KPFA


Interview on KPFA with Founder and Executive Director Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg on Kenyan post-election crisis and civil society organizing in response

Whitman College website |

3rd August 2007

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Keith Raether

Whitman Alumna Founds Scholarship Program for Kenyan Girls

Whitman Alumna Founds Scholarship Program for Kenyan Girls