Winfrey Osimbo Lichuma

Mrs. Winfred Osimbo Lichuma, EBS

A female Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Human Rights, Gender and Governance Specialist

Award conferred by the State – Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS 2nd Class) for distinguished service rendered to the nation.

This is a leading Women’s rights Law Firm that offers a range of services including Family law. We offer a range of services and offer innovative solutions to legal challenges. The firm was founded by Mrs. Winfred Osimbo Lichuma in the year 2005.

 Mrs. Winfred Osimbo Lichuma is immediate past and first Chairperson of the National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC) in Kenya (2012-22nd November 2017), a constitutional body charged with the responsibility of monitoring gender and inclusion in Kenya for the Special interest groups who include women, persons with disabilities, the marginalised and minorities, children, youth and older members of society. Her role also entailed giving advisories to government on integrating the principles of gender and equality in development including holding the government to account for noncompliance.  In this role Winfred has worked closely with the Parliament of Kenya. Before her exit she commissioned the Audit of Kenya Parliament on gender sensitivity in both process, composition and in legislative framework.

Mrs Winfred Lichuma, is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya having been admitted in the year 1992.Her admission number is P/105/2353/92.She has worked as a Magistrate rising up to the rank of Senior Resident Magistrate from the year 1992 to 2000.She has been the Managing Partner of Osimbo Lichuma & Company Advocates from the year 2005 to date.

Winfred holds a master’s degree in international human rights law from the University of Essex (UK); a master’s in Gender and Development and a law degree from the University of Nairobi (Kenya). She   is a lawyer with over 25 years of senior level country leadership in human rights and gender and inclusion and has expertise in integrating gender into development programming. She has led policy and legal research and dialogue on various topics including sexual and reproductive health and rights using human rights based approach in Kenya and at the regional level.  Previously, she has served as a magistrate in Kenya’s courts. Prior to her appointment to the current position, she served as a commissioner with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and also as a legal adviser to the Kenya’s National Aids Control Counsel and contributed to drafting the HIV and Aids Prevention and Control law.

Mrs. Lichuma was appointed by the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon as a Panel Member of Every Child Every Woman (ECEW) Independent Accountability Panel (IAP), to oversee implementation of the UN Global Strategy for Women, Children and Adolescents Health to help further the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal’s Agenda. She is the first African woman to sit on this panel. The global panel with 9 experts is an accountability body that seeks to look at the State of Women, Children and Adolescents Health and give a status report on progress made towards achieving the global strategy objectives. The Panel has released two reports to date available at www.iapewec.org

 
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