Program Officer, End Sexual Violence
Jean-Paul Murunga joined Equality Now in January 2016. He is an expert in Human Rights, Gender and Child protection. He has 16 years of experience in Human rights, Gender and Child protection advocacy and litigation in Africa. Prior to joining Equality Now, he served for four years as a Program Officer – Child Protection and Community Development at the Lutheran World Federation Department for World Service in Djibouti. He also managed weekly legal aid clinics at the Kenya Human Rights Commission and the Refugee Consortium of Kenya, offering legal aid and advice to victims and survivors of human rights violations in Kenya. Jean-Paul holds a Master’s degree in Project Planning and Management, a Postgraduate Diploma in Practice of Law, a Bachelor of Laws degree (honours) and a Diploma in French Language Studies. He has also undertaken in-service certificate training in Women’s Rights, children’s rights, Gender justice, the Multi-sectoral approach, and information and communication technology.
Jean-Paul wants his daughter, wife, mother, sisters and every woman in his life to live in a just society where they are treated with dignity. For Jean-Paul, the law is the only guarantee for human rights. Without law, human rights are only aspirations. Jean-Paul is inspired by Nelson Mandela, and his favorite quote is by Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Outside of work, Jean-Paul enjoys following global events and news, traveling, and playing football.