Zuri Awards


Rebirth of a Queen


Introducing Akinyi Juma, a beacon of hope and empowerment for survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking! As a 28-year-old journalist hailing from Kibra slums, Nairobi, and now residing in Kajiado County, Akinyi’s journey is one of resilience, courage, and unwavering determination. A journalist by profession, Akinyi is driven by her passion for storytelling for change, using her voice to shed light on the issues that matter most. In 2019, Akinyi founded Rebirth of a Queen, a transformative community-based initiative born from her own experiences of trauma and adversity. Surviving sexual violence at 16 and domestic violence at 19, Akinyi emerged stronger and more determined than ever to create a better future for herself and others.

Rebirth of a Queen is not just an organization—it’s a beacon of hope, a sanctuary for survivors, and a catalyst for change. Committed to changing narratives and empowering survivors through healing, storytelling, and survivor-centered programs, Rebirth of a Queen is making a profound impact on the lives of girls and young women. From providing basic needs to offering education, healing, and empowerment, Rebirth of a Queen is dedicated to supporting survivors every step of the way. Through their economic empowerment hub, they’re creating dignified workspaces and opportunities for young people to thrive. Akinyi’s dream? To create a world where survivors not only survive but thrive—a world where empowerment and healing are within reach for all. Together, we are powerful, and together, we can create a brighter future for survivors everywhere.


Together As One Kithirune


Doreen Kajuju Kimathi, a certified mediator, author, entrepreneur, and passionate advocate for women’s rights and community empowerment. As the founder and director of Together As One Kithirune, I am dedicated to creating positive change at the grassroots level. At Together As One Kithirune, our mission is to empower widows and marginalized women by providing psychosocial support, skills training for sustainable businesses, and strategies to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. We also advocate for the end of harmful cultural practices such as FGM, GBV, and early child marriages.

Our approach is grassroots-oriented, working closely with organized groups and communities to understand their needs and values. We facilitate training sessions, organize events, and seek partnerships and donors to support our activities. We prioritize collaboration with other organizations and ensure transparency by notifying authorities before engaging with communities. By fostering dialogue, training, and monitoring and evaluation, we measure the impact of our initiatives and strive for meaningful change in the lives of women and communities. Together, we can create a more inclusive and empowered society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.




Introducing Njeri Migwi and Usikimye: The Executive Director of Usikimye, an organization dedicated to ending the prevalence of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). As a survivor of GBV, Njeri is deeply passionate about addressing issues that affect the safety and well-being of women and girls.

Through Usikimye, she is committed to providing essential support and resources to those affected by GBV. Our initiatives include distributing sanitary towels to 500 girls and running a feeding program that serves between 800-1000 children daily. Additionally, they actively protest against femicide, the intentional killing of women based on their gender. At Usikimye, they are dedicated to creating a safer and more supportive environment for all individuals affected by GBV. Together, we can work towards ending violence and promoting gender equality in our communities.


African Woman Global Network


Introducing Nyokabi Ngari, a powerhouse in the field of law, human rights, and social development! As a qualified lawyer and staunch advocate for gender equality, Nyokabi’s passion for justice knows no bounds. Nyokabi is the driving force behind the African Woman Global Network—a platform dedicated to empowering women across the continent and beyond. With her expertise in gender, peace, security, leadership, and governance, Nyokabi is a catalyst for positive change on a global scale.

A serial founder and director of leading and innovative organizations, Nyokabi is a trailblazer in her field. She specializes in social accountability, sustainable development, and enterprise growth, leveraging her skills to create lasting impact in communities around the world. With over 15 years of experience, Nyokabi has a proven track record of advocacy, legal practice, administration, research, policy development, resource mobilization, fundraising, project management, and leadership. Her dedication and expertise have earned her recognition as the Social Founder of the Year 2023.


Beyond Borders


Introducing Zuleika Yusuf Daffala, a beacon of hope and resilience in the fight against gender-based violence! As the founder of Women Beyond Borders, Zuleika channels her personal experiences into a powerful mission: to advocate for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

With a heart fueled by compassion and a spirit strengthened by adversity, Zuleika and her organization stand as a pillar of support and solidarity for women on their journey to healing. Together, we can break the cycle of violence and create a world where every woman feels safe and empowered.


Protecting Life Movement


Introducing Dr. Jean Kagia, a compassionate gynecologist obstetrician dedicated to making a difference in the lives of women and girls. Dr. Kagia runs a private clinic and oversees Kiota Rescue Home in Murang’a County, rescuing girls facing crisis pregnancies. In 2021, she spearheaded a campaign against incest in Kenya after discovering that many rescued girls were victims of this heinous crime. Join Dr. Kagia as she fights for justice and empowerment for survivors.




Meet Anne Nguthuku, a compassionate Counseling Psychologist and dedicated Mental Health Advocate. Driven by her own journey through the heartbreaking loss of her child, Anne is deeply passionate about supporting individuals navigating similar experiences of baby loss. With empathy and understanding, Anne provides invaluable support, resources, and guidance to those in need, drawing from her own personal insights into grief.

Through her advocacy work, Anne aims to raise awareness, break down stigma, and create a community of compassion and healing for individuals affected by baby loss. As the founder of Psych-Rescue, Anne leads an initiative dedicated to honoring the memories of lost babies and helping others find solace and strength on their journey towards healing.