Our Founder

Hon. Lilian Wakiiya Mwaura is the founding member of FIDA-Kenya.

She is an advocate at the High Court of Kenya for 44 years. She is a Certified Professional Mediator and a Certified Public Secretary. Immediately after her admission she joined her brother Kirumba Mwaura as a partner in the firm of K. Mwaura & Co Advocates. During her early practice in law, she realized that women lack of legal rights highly contributed to their marginalization. FIDA-Kenya Chapter is her brain child which together with other prominent women lawyers founded in 1985. She became the first Chairperson (1985-1990).

Her special interest in the women advancement and gender inequality are demonstrated by her voluntary services she was rendered to women over the last four decades. She served as Chairperson of Kenya Women Professional and Business Club, Kiambaa Branch, Chairperson of National Council of Women of Kenya (1987-1999), she was the National Coordinator for the NGO preparation of activities leading to the 4th UN World Conference held in Beijing, China. From 2000 to 2011 she was the International Council of Women Representative to UNEP.

Hon. Mwaura has been a member of Green Belt Movement since its inception and has served as a Board Member since 1990 up to 2007, BOG member of Precious Blood Kiambu County Assembly Women Caucus just to mention a few. She retired from active legal practice when she was a specially elected Member of Kiambu County Assembly in 2013-2017. During this period she enrolled at Mount Kenya University for a degree in Public Administration & Governance and graduated in 2017 with first class honors degree. She effectively contributed in sponsoring two very important bills namely Kiambu County Citizen Petition and Public Participation Act and Kiambu Access to Information Act. She has received commemorations from International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA-Kenya, Kenya Law Society of Kenya, National Council of Women of Kenya, Young Women Professional and Business Women Club among many others.

Ms Mwaura is a mother of four grown up children and a proud grandmother of seven.

Other Founders

  • Surinder Kapila
  • Grace Githu (deceased)
  • Abida Ali-Aroni
  • Joyce Khaminwa (deceased)
  • Jane Michuki
  • Christine Hayanga
  • Anne Kimani
  • Anne Kimani
  • Winnie Kamande
  • Anne Mutua (deceased)
  • Anastasia Mululu
  • Anne Kariuki
  • Rose Waruinge (deceased)
  • Rachelle Omamo
  • Caroline Wanjoh
  • Sally Githere
  • Jean Gacheche
  • Catherine Kola
  • Susan Munyi
  • Sally Githegi
  • Kaplana Rawal
  • Rosalind Amandi
  • Abigale Shiganga
  • Caroline Salmon
  • Beatrice Riunga
  • Nancy Baraza
  • Jean Muhoho
  • Betty Murungi
  • Elizabeth Thuo
  • Joyce Majiwa
  • B Abunya
  • Rose Simba
  • Margaret Opondo
  • Vicky Muchai
  • Dorcas Nanjero
  • Martha Karua
  • Joy Otieno Ochieng
  • Martha Koome
  • Christine Agimba
  • Violet Nzioka
  • Jane Adhoga
  • Agnes Murgor
  • Mbaire Kioni
  • Rosyline Wachike
  • Susan Maira
  • Mararet Otega
  • Betty Rashid
  • Anne Chite (deceased)
  • Violet Nzioka
  • Susan Kahoya
  • Janet Kabeberi
  • Mary Ang’awa
  • Betty Wamalwa
  • Murugi Mugo