Hellen Onkwani

Hellen Onkwani is a Principal Magistrate based at Nairobi (Kenya). She currently holds the position of Vice-secretary to the International Association of Women Judges –Kenya Chapter (IAWJ-KC). She has served as a magistrate since the year 2010. Previously she served as a Deputy Registrar, Court of Appeal (Kenya). She has over 10 year’s legal experience.

She is committed to the protection, promotion and defence of human rights of the vulnerable people in society and particularly girls and women. She is passionate in resolving disputes and dispensing justice, the purpose of which is liberty to the spirit of the human being; dignity and equality to everyone; justice to the individual and the community.

She holds masters of laws in law (LLM) in judicial training from the International Academy for Judges (University of Haifa) and a masters of laws (LLM) in Environmental Law (University of Nairobi). She holds a bachelor of laws (LLB) degree from Moi University, Kenya and a post graduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law.

She has presented papers in various areas of the law in both national and international fora. During the biennial conference held in Argentina she presented a paper on “New technologies and gender”. She presented on the topic of “Human trafficking” in the year 2018 and 2019 at the Summit of African Women Judges and Prosecutors held at the Casina Pio IV, Vatican City.

She has presented a number of papers in relation to Gender Based Violence at national level. She has a passion for matters relating to women and children rights. From her immense passion she has registered for her PHD and the area of research is on “role of judiciary in promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights: a case study of access to safe abortion in Kenya.”

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