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Alice Wairimu Nderitu

Alice Wairimu Nderitu
Nderitu in a 2022 interview with the United States Institute for Peace
Born (1968-01-09) 9 January 1968 (age 56)
NationalityKenyan
Alma materUniversity of Nairobi
Occupation(s)Conflict researcher and mediator

Alice Wairimu Nderitu (born 9 January 1968 in Nairobi)[1] is a Kenyan national serving since November 2020 as the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.[2][3]

Early life and education

Nderitu holds an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Keene State College, a master's degree in armed conflict and peace studies (2013) and a Bachelor of Arts, Literature and Philosophy (1990) from the University of Nairobi.[4]

Career

Nderitu has served as a member of the African Union's Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (Fem-Wise),[5] the Women Waging Peace Network, founder of the Community Voices for Peace and Pluralism, and as a columnist with The EastAfrican newspaper.

Nderitu also served as a Commissioner of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission in Kenya and was one of the founders and first co-chair of Uwiano Platform for Peace, a conflict prevention agency that uses mobile technology to encourage citizens to report indicators of violence, linking early warning to early response.

Nderitu was one of three mediators of a peace agreement signed by 10 ethnic communities in Nakuru, Kenya.[citation needed] For 16 months, she was the only woman in a peace process of 100 elders and three mediators.[citation needed] She was the lead mediator in a peace process involving 29 ethnic communities in Kaduna State that led to the signing of the Kafanchan Peace Declaration.[citation needed] She was the chief lead mediator in a peace process involving 56 ethnic communities leading to the Southern Plateau Inter-Communal Peace Declaration in Southern Plateau, Nigeria. She has contributed greatly in defining the role of women mediators, as one of the few women who are signatories to peace agreements as a mediator of armed conflict.

Nderitu served as a member of the Kenya National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and all Forms of Discrimination and as an Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities instructor.[citation needed] Nderitu has been an advocate of women inclusion in various international forums and has contributed to reports on the issue.[6]

Nderitu also served as a Commissioner of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the dissolution of the Makueni County government in Kenya.[7][8]

Recognition

Publications

  • Mukami Kimathi – Mau Mau Woman Freedom Fighter – Wairimu Nderitu[14][15][16][17][18][19][20]
  • Anass Bendrif, Sahira al Karaguly, Mohammadi Laghzaoui, Esmah Lahlah, Maeve Moynihan, Alice Nderitũ, Joelle Rizk, and Maytham Al Zubaidi. (2009). An introduction to human rights in the Middle East and North Africa- a guide for NGOs.[21]
  • Alice Nderitũ and Jacqueline O'Neill (2013). "7 myths standing in the way of women's inclusion". Inclusive Security.[22]
  • Alice Wairimũ Nderitũ. (2014). The Nakuru County peace accord (2010-2012).[23]
  • Alice Wairimũ Nderitũ (2016). African Peace Building: Civil Society Roles in Conflict. In Pamela Aall and Chester A. Crocker (eds). Minding the Gap: African Conflict Management in a Time of Change (2016).[24]
  • Alice Wairimũ Nderitũ (2016). Catherine Ndereba: The Authorised Biography of a Marathon World Record holder [25]
  • Alice Wairimũ Nderitũ (2018). Beyond Ethnicism: Exploring Ethnic and Racial Diversity for Educators. Mdahalo Bridging Divides Limited.[26]
  • Alice Wairimũ Nderitũ (2018). Kenya: Bridging Ethnic Divides, A Commissioner’s Experience on Cohesion and Integration. Mdahalo Bridging Divides Limited.[27]
  • Swanee Hunt & Alice Wairimũ Nderitũ. (2018). WPS as a political movement. In Sara E. Davies & Jacqui True (Eds). The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace, and Security. New York: Oxford University Press.[28]
  • Alice Wairimu Nderitu - Conflict Transformation and Human Rights: A Mutual Stalemate ? https://berghof-foundation.org/files/publications/dialogue9_nderitu_comm.pdf

References

[29] [30] [31] [32] [33] [34] [35] [36] [37] [38] [39] [40] [41] [42] [43] [44] [45]

  1. ^ "Alice Wairimu Nderitu". Women in Peace. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  2. ^ "Wairimu Nderitu chosen to be UN special adviser". The East African. 17 November 2020. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  3. ^ Michelle Nichols (February 5, 2021), U.N. official warns of high risk of atrocities in Ethiopia Reuters.
  4. ^ Secretary-General Appoints Alice Wairimu Nderitu of Kenya Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide United Nations, press release of November 10, 2020.
  5. ^ "Operationalisation of "FemWise-Africa"" (PDF). peaceau.org. Retrieved 11 May 2023.
  6. ^ "How can Canada best support women in the field of conflict and atrocity prevention?" (PDF). sfu.ca. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Uhuru names team to probe Makueni dissolution » Capital News". Capitalfm.co.uk. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Uhuru names Commission of Inquiry for Makueni county row". Businessdailyafrica.com. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Connecting TRCs to global trends : Implications for policy and practice" (PDF). Ijr.org.za. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  10. ^ http://www.sandiego.edu/peace/institutes/ipj/women-peace-security/women-peacemakers/profile.php?name=alice+nderitu&country=kenya[dead link]
  11. ^ "Alice Nderitu - Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation". Auschwitzinstitute.org. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  12. ^ "2017 Global Pluralism Award Finalists - Global Pluralism Award". Award.plutalism.ca. Archived from the original on 14 April 2019. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Peace, Pluralism and Gender Equality with Alice Wairimu Nderitu". sfu.ca/dialogue.html. Archived from the original on 15 July 2020. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  14. ^ "Mukami Kimathi's story lends voice to women freedom fighters". Nation.co.ke. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  15. ^ Kareithi, Amos. "The Day Kimathi died: Recollections by his wife Mukami Kimathi". Standardmedia.co.ke. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  16. ^ Musau, Nzau. "Kimathi's widow reveals her role in Kenyatta and Odinga battles". Standardmedia.co.ke. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Critical Role by Women in Kenya's Freedom Struggle Goes Unappreciated, Says First Lady - the Big Issue". Archived from the original on 2017-02-19. Retrieved 2017-08-05.
  18. ^ "First lady Margaret Kenyatta joins MauMau veterans in celebrating the life of Mukami Kimathi". YouTube. 18 February 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  19. ^ "Museum News : First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta unveils the memoir of Mukami Kimathi" (PDF). Museums.or.ke. March 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 June 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  20. ^ "Kenya Celebrates its eminent women for the huge footprints they have left in the country's socio-political landscape - The Presidency". President.go.ke. Archived from the original on 28 January 2021. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  21. ^ "An introduction to human rights in the Middle East and North Africa- a guide for NGOs" (PDF). Networklearning.org. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  22. ^ Nderitũ, Alice; Jacqueline O'Neill. "7 myths standing in the way of women's inclusion" (PDF). inclusivesecurity.org. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  23. ^ "From the Nakuru County peace accord (2010–2012)" (PDF). hdcentre.org. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  24. ^ Aall, Pamela; Crocker, Chester A. (18 March 2016). "Minding the Gap: African Conflict Management in a Time of Change". cigionline.org. ISBN 9781928096214. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  25. ^ Catherine Ndereba.
  26. ^ Nderitu, Alice Wairimu (14 December 2018). Beyond Ethnicism: Exploring Ethnic and Racial Diversity for Educators. Mdahalo Bridging Divides. ISBN 978-9966190307.
  27. ^ Kenya: Bridging Ethnic Divides, A Commissioner's Experience on Cohesion and Integration. Mdahalo Bridging Divides Limited. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2019 – via amazon.com.
  28. ^ "Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) as a political movement". umontreal.ca. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  29. ^ "Kimathi book is a tale of pure determination". Nation Media Group.
  30. ^ "Leading mediation teams in Africa's ethnic conflict hotspots". Whenworldwide.org. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  31. ^ "From the Nakuru County peace accord (2010-2012) to lasting peace" (PDF). Hdcentre.org.
  32. ^ National Mechanisms for the Prevention of Genocide and other Atrocity Crimes: Effective and Sustainable Prevention Begins at Home (PDF) (2015 ed.). 2015. p. 6.
  33. ^ "Southern Plateau Peace Declaration". Center For Human Dialogue. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  34. ^ THE KAFANCHAN PEACE DECLARATION (PDF). Nigeria. 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2017.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  35. ^ "Alice Nderitu". Inclusive Security.
  36. ^ Connecting TRCs to global trends: Implications for policy and practice (PDF). Institute For Justice and Reconciliation. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  37. ^ "2017 Global Pluralism Award Finalists". Global Center for Pluralism. Archived from the original on 14 April 2019. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  38. ^ "Profiles in Prevention: Alice Nderitu". Auschwitz Institute of Peace and Reconciliation. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  39. ^ "Our Authors". Berghof foundation. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  40. ^ "Middle East Program". Wilson Center. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  41. ^ "Daraja Student Peace Makers". Daraja. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  42. ^ "9 Women Forging a More Peaceful World". Inclusive Security. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  43. ^ "Conversation With A PeaceMaker: Alice Nderitu Of Kenya". KPBS. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  44. ^ "NCIC-Commissioner Alice Nderitu named woman peacemaker of the year". The Star. The Star. 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  45. ^ "Kibaki names national cohesion team". The Nation Media Group. The Nation Media Group. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
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