Catherine Chacha Men’ganyi

Community Hero

Catherine Chacha Men’ganyi

(KEN) Kenya:  Nurse

Nominee Highlights:

She has changed the lives of young girls and women for the better in a community where women are frequently violated. 

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Catherine Chacha Men’ganyi is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate from the University of Nairobi with more than 10 years of nursing experience. Men’ganyi is an accomplished, dedicated, and motivated reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and family planning specialist.

As a survivor of violence, she has reached more than 25,000 people in her community at Migori County, Southern Kenya with messages on the medical effects of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and immediate management of Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV). Men’ganyi is at the forefront in the fight against SGBV and has been able to rescue more than 200 girls from FGM and early marriage and ensured justice to more than 87 survivors of SGBV. She is also a trainer on clinical management of rape and an expert witness in court.

Men’ganyi intends to end all forms of violence against women and girls through involving men, women, and fellow nurses and midwives. To achieve this dream she has created a platform for bringing stakeholders together to end the vice and was part of the team that developed the Migori County SGBV policy. Men’ganyi has also developed community-owned interventions to fight this vice. This has earned her recognition both in the county and nationally as she was recently featured on one of the local television channels as “Mwanamke Bomba” the SGBV champion.