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Shirley Nakhumicha Otube

Kenya & University of the Witwatersrand, 2021

Shirley Nakhumicha Otube has worked in the human rights and security field for almost five years. She is the Research and Communications Officer of MIDRIFT Human Rights Network, a non-governmental organisation working on enforcing human rights values in national security. Shirley has been working on improving the organisation’s collection, dissemination and presentation of data on violence-related themes for better security policies. Her areas of expertise include Gang Violence, Countering Violence and Extremism (CVE), Civil/Police-Military relations and National Security Policies.

Shirley believes that positive peace involves observance of justice, equality, and dignity which should be enshrined in national policies under the rule of law. As such in her work, Shirley aspires towards effective monitoring, learning and evaluation for peace and security program design and management. During her spare time, Shirley runs SECURE, a youth-led platform that seeks to foster a culture of peace among youth through education. She also volunteers as the communications officer for the Eastern Africa Youth Empowerment Forum.

Shirley has been a Ponds’ Vital Voices Fellow and Allan Gray - Bridge2Rwanda Fellow. She holds a BA in international relations with a double concentration in Foreign Policy and Peace and Conflict Studies and a minor in Criminal Justice from United States International University in Nairobi.

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