Evelyne Opondo

Africa Regional Director
International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)- Africa Region
2022 Leadership Journey Project: Barriers to Afrocentric approach to effective sexual reproductive health & rights advocacy in Kenya

Evelyne Opondo is a human rights, law, SRHR and gender expert with twenty years of experience. She is currently the Senior Regional Director for Africa at the Center for Reproductive Rights based in Nairobi, Kenya. In this role, she is responsible and accountable for developing, communicating, executing strategies and mobilizing resources to ensure successful delivery and sustainability of the mandate of the Center in Africa.

Prior to joining the Center for Reproductive Rights, she served as the Regional Policy Associate for Ipas, a global SRHR organization, where she focused on regional norm building working closely with the regional human rights mechanisms and partnering with both government and non-government organizations across a number of African countries to contribute to health systems strengthening. From 2004- 2010, she worked for the Federation of Women Lawyers Kenya, a premier women’s right organization where she handled strategic litigation and advocacy on a broad range of women rights issues and held a series of progressively responsible positions. Ms. Opondo began her career in 2001 as a State Law Officer in the Office of the Attorney General of Kenya working mostly with poor and vulnerable women in the administration of estates particularly the identification and collection of assets and beneficiaries, litigation, and subsequent transfer of estates.

She has extensive experience in gender and reproductive justice and works side by side with activists on the ground to strategize and advance gender justice in Africa. She has written a number of opinion and issue-oriented articles, primarily on women’s rights. Ms. Opondo holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from Pune University, India and master’s degree in Gender and Development from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is a board member of FP2030 and the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee of the Reproductive Health Network – Kenya.

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