Judy Thongori is a Kenyan lawyer and human rights activist. She became popular after she successfully sued the Kenyan government for not delivering 30% representation for women. She is married to another lawyer with whom she has two children.
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Thongori was educated at Kahuhia Girlls’ High School. She attended the University of Nairobi where she graduated from the law school. After graduation, she began an unchallenging job at the Attorney general’s office. She left there to join Lee Muthoga and Associates where she felt purposed. There, she started to build up a private practice and a reputation as an advocate in company law.
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She started her own law company and became an advocate for women’s rights. Seeing the discriminating culture of Kenyan police who turned a blind eye to abuse cases where the woman and family relied on the man’s income. She then organised training sessions for the police to inform then of their actions.
In 2015 she was chosen to be one of 21 women who met for a conference at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government funded by Hunt Alternatives. The group included Fauzia Nasreen from Pakistan and Olufunke Baruwa, Esther Ibanga, Hafsat Abiola and Ayisha Osori from Nigeria.