Celebrated globally on 8th March, this year’s International Women’s Day highlights the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realizing women’s rights. The official United Nations theme for International Women’s Day 2015 is “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!”
“When we unleash the power of women, we can secure the future for all” – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for International Women’s Day 2015.
To mark this year’s International Women’s Day (#IWD2015), this blogger has compiled a list of some of the (influential) women (leaders) in intellectual property (IP) from Kenya and throughout English-speaking Africa. The women listed below (in no particular order) are primarily drawn from IP offices, academia, non-governmental organisations and the IP legal fraternity.
From Kenya, we celebrate Bernice Gachegu, Jane Wanjiru Wanyaga, Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Norah Olembo, Martha Maina, Pamela Andanda, Marisella Ouma, Jennifer Shamalla, Eunice Njuguna, Lois Muraguri, Michi Kirimi, Maria Mbeneka Mutua, Helen Koki, Rose Mboya, Betty Kiplagat, Catherine Bunyassi Kahuria, Elizabeth Munyi Njuguna, Doris N. Wambugu, Catherine Mputhia, Linda Opati, Elvine Apiyo, June Gachui, Angela Ndambuki, Sharon Chahale, Nancy Karanu, Millicent Ogutu, Judy Chebet, Lorna Mbatia, Phyllis Wangui Kamau, Anne Munene, Concilia Were, Melissa Omino, Caroline Muchiri, Sarah Okimaru Amoit, Terry Rotich, Muthoni Mucheru, Imelda Anika, Carole Theuri, Eddah Kiai, Larisa Onam, Auma Okelo, Neema Oriko, Ruth Kihuria, Lillian Makanga, Liz Lenjo, Susan Kibungi, Sarah Ochwada, Monicah Mburu, Elizabeth Oyange, Krystal Muindi, Esther Muiruri, Perpetua Njeri Mwangi and many more.
Within English-speaking Africa, we celebrate the following women IP leaders:-
Mariëtte Viljoen du Plessis
Ilse du Plessis
Charné le Roux
Joanne van Harmelen
It was truly humbling going through some of incredible achievements of the women listed above. However this blogger knows that this list is far from exhaustive and that there are many more phenomenal African women leaders influencing the IP space, including some who may be reading this blogpost. We celebrate you all!
Happy International Women’s Day, Africa!