Joyce Omwoha is a lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at The Technical University of Kenya. She holds a PhD in Media Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Her research interests include: media, citizenship and identity, gender studies, health communication, and the analysis of the social media culture in Kenya. Dr. Omwoha is an APN Alumnus (2016, Kenya), whose APN-supported research critically engaged with issues concerning the role of the social media activism and its potential as a communication channel for negotiating peace in Kenya.

Viewpoint | March 8, 2017

Ignored Heroine? Maimuna Siraj, Social Media Activist, Strives for Peace and Women’s Empowerment in Mombasa, Kenya

Peace is costly, but it’s worth the expense. – Kenyan Proverb Kenya is currently in a volatile period heading towards its general elections. Election periods in Kenya and around the world are often characterized by very active social media participation discussing a wide range of topics, including politics, religion, economy, tribal profiling, and geopolitical marginalization. […]

Maimuna Siraj at a peer education event talking to girls about women and leadership, drug use, and HIV/AIDS. Photo courtesy of Joyce Omwoha.