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Jael Omumani Omunyangoli

2024 Fellow

Honorable Member of Kakamega County/Assembly and Kakamega Voices of Change and Development CBO

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Jael Omumani Omunyangoli is a young female politician in Kenya. She is a Member of the County Assembly of Kakamega representing the gender interests. Her roles are Legislative, Representation, and Oversight of Government functions. She is the Chairperson of the female members at the Assembly and a member of the Finance, Agriculture, and the Monitoring and Implementation Committees. Hon Jael, is a member of the ODM Party and has worked at the Women League desk as a Programs Coordinator on a voluntary basis. She currently acts as the chairperson for the Kakamega County Women League and serves at the National ODM Women League Council. Her major role is to build women leaders and develop the capacity of young girls into leadership positions in her community.

Hon Jael is a fierce defender of the rights of women in her community. She Founded and runs the Kakamega Voices of Change and Development, a community based organization working with over 30 grassroots women groups on local led initiatives for economic empowerment and better livelihood in the remote areas. Jael continues to mobilize these groups to work on issues of food security, climate change, clean energy and gender equality through development of women leaders. Members of the group actively take up advocacy and sensitization on human rights, women land rights and land ownership for Agriculture. As these members became more economically empowered, Hon Jael led them in forming a savings and credit organization to enable them have quick access to their finances for businesses.

Hon Jael is trained in Public Policy and Administration from Kenyatta University and continues to build her capacity through training opportunities locally and internationally. She is an Alumni of the ALN Women Empowerment program training in Cape Town where she performed exemplary and was awarded a scholarship to study Project Design and Implementation at the FNF Academy in Germany. She underwent training on Gender Responsive budgeting for Women leaders at the Entrepreneurship Institute of India, a course that addresses the requirements for gender mainstreaming and inclusivity in budget making processes.