#AWCL2016 Purity Kagwiria
Purity is a feminist activist based in Nairobi Kenya and the Executive Director of Akili Dada, a leadership incubator for girls and young women who are passionate about social change. Purity is committed to analyzing the private and personal spaces and developing strategies that lead to the emancipation of girls and young women. She is a founding advisory committee member of the FRIDA|The Young Feminist Fund and a 2013 HOW Fund Fellow. Recently Purity was a finalist for Most Influential Woman in Governance and Business in Africa. In early 2015, Purity was named as one of the 18 Phenomenal African Feminists to know and watch.
Purity currently serves as a board member for Pencils for Africa, Grassroots Forward and is a trustee of Resource Centre for Women and Girls.
Akili Dada is an international, award-winning leadership incubator cultivating transformative leadership in a generation of young African women. We apply a holistic approach to educating and cultivating leadership in adolescent girls and young women, ages 13 - 35, employing four key strategies to nurture growth and meaningful impact: financial investment, leadership development, skills development and mentorship. By selecting from and building the capacity of some of Africa’s most innovative young women, we are meeting the urgent need for both more African women in leadership as well as the overarching need for creative and empathetic leadership that holds justice at its core.