Maureen Oduor, Kenya

Development does not take place in a day. WMI Graduate Scholar Maureen Oduor of Kenya, is a testimony to those who connect to a global issue, localize it and hold steadfast to work constantly to educate and bring change to the people most affected or most likely to have to make hard choices in the near future. 

Growing up in abject poverty and victim of abuse made me think differently and start advocating for Family Planning

Maureen is a 2014 graduate of development studies at Kampala International University, Tanzania. She has organized, led, participated, networked and been honored in an array of local and international arenas within the sphere of sexual reproductive rights, family planning, hygiene and menstruation management, and advocacy for female education.

She understands that change begins with her. Her influence can reach far and wide when she connects with the community, shares her story and provides the opportunity for a dialog to occur.

Dealing with myths and misconceptions remains my key challenge.


She was a 2016 nominee of the 120 Under Forty campaign which is organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with sponsorship from Bayer.  

120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders recognizes and highlights the achievements of the next generation of family planning leaders worldwide.  Over the next five years, 120 Under 40 will highlight the accomplished and inspiring young people who are making a difference in family planning and reproductive health worldwide.

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We are proud to continue to support Maureen in educating her community. In January of 2016, Maureen’s proposal for a WMI Micro Grant was approved and she is now implementing the Girls Pride Project within her home community of Siaya County, Kenya.

To learn more about Maureen and her contributions to family planning, visit her 120 Under Forty profile:

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