Former Citizen TV Anchor Gets Global Recognition

  • Janet Mbugua
    Journalist Janet Mbugua at a past function in December 2020
  • A former Citizen TV News anchor has been recognised as an International Gender Champion alongside other global leaders.

    Janet Mbugua who left her illustrious media career to focus on her Inua Dada Foundation has been recognized for her contribution to the fight for inclusivity of individuals from all genders.

    “I hold the firm belief that when everyone is included, everyone wins and this is the only way we can ensure that gender equity and economic empowerment programs continue being prioritized across the social and political spectrum,” she said.

    Janet Mbugua poses with school girls from Maua Primary School after donating sanitary products in June 2018
    Janet Mbugua poses with school girls from Maua Primary School after donating sanitary products in June 2018

    The seasoned media personality was identified for her role in using social media and mainstream media to identify, address and provide solutions to issues that are tied to gender disparity.

    International Gender Champion which was founded in 2015 focuses on individuals making gender equality a reality in their spheres of influence such journalism and entertainment fields.

    The IGC prides itself for having made over 2000 global collective commitments towards accountability, recognition and organizational culture that are equally beneficial as far as gender is concerned.

    Mbugua will now be working at global scale alongside António Guterres (Secretary-General, United Nations), Winnie Byanyima (Executive Director, UNAIDS), Zainab Hawa Bangura (Director-General, United Nations Office in Nairobi), Fatou Bensouda (Prosecutor, International Criminal Court) and Stephen Omollo (Regional Director, World Vision, East Africa Region).

    Mbugua’s Inua Dada Foundation has been at the forefront of identifying issues that affect the attendance and performance of primary school girls in Kenya and equally offering possible and manageable solutions.

    She has successfully managed to address the issue of lack of sanitary towels, suitable sanitation facilities and access to basic health care and support services.

    The IGC also mentioned Mbugua’s dedication to mentorship activities where she has over 250 young people who help in tackling action against Gender-Based Violence.

    Her nomination as an IGC comes after she was featured in the Generation Equality Forum where Ellen Sirleaf Johnson (former Liberian President), Melinda Gates were discussing how to recreate a society with sustainable agendas that view individuals as human and not the notions the societies has fabricated about them (viewing women, men, boy and girls as one deserving individual).  

    Media personality Jane Mbugua
    Media personality Jane Mbugua