Mrs. Sarah Muhoya is the Coordinator of DTF as well as the Head of Positioning & Democracy at Echo Network Africa. She is a Communications and gender professional with over 20 years of working with women, youth, persons with disabilities and the faith organizations in the region.
Prior to joining ENA, Ms. Muhoya worked as the Director, in charge of the Inclusivity Program at the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD – Kenya) for eleven years. At CMD, Ms. Muhoya is credited for setting up and executing policies and programs for the inclusion of marginalized populations in Kenyan political parties as well as raising resources for supporting women’s political leadership.
She has a deep understanding of gender and inclusivity issues in the Constitution as well as a wide network of female and male leaders at both the National and County Governments. While at CMD Kenya, she mobilized millions of dollars to support women, youth and persons with disabilities to participate in national elections and championed the program for the participation of religious leaders in political parties as a way of promoting inclusive leadership in Kenya. Her Ecumenical dialogue work with the Senior clergy in Kenya culminated in the National burial for the infamous Kiambaa victims of the 2007/2008 arson attack at the Kenya Assemblies of God (KAG) Church which helped establish relationships between the three major warring communities in Kenya, Agikuyu, Lou and Kalenjins.
Ms. Muhoya also served as a gender consultant for the Heinrich Boll Foundation (HBF) where she initiated a tripartite dialogue program on patriarchy among three African countries, Kenya, South Africa, and Nigeria. The program started the first e- dialogue on Patriarchy which gave birth to three paradigms of gender discourse: Access, agenda setting, and accountability, which have continued to inform gender programs at HBF.
Ms. Muhoya has also worked in various capacities with the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) and with the Fellowship of Christian Unions (FOCUS). She established the Communications departments and supported the General Secretaries with both local and international fundraising efforts.
Ms. Muhoya is a prolific writer with a keen eye for details and is able to use her vast network for the benefit of institutions. She has a Master’s degree in Communications (Public Relations option) from Daystar University and a Bachelor of Education from Kenyatta University. She is currently pursuing her PHD at Nairobi University where she is working on the thesis: ‘Value Propositions of Women’s leadership: Kenyan experience.
A mother to two young adult sons, Muhoya is self-motivated and has a strong work ethic informed by her deep faith and believe in the good and capacities of all human beings.