Salome Mbugua: A Roaring Voice of Hope

In a world where women, children, and the youth are often marginalized and excluded from mainstream opportunities, Salome Mbugua is a beacon of hope. A researcher, gender equality activist, and human rights advocate, she has spent over two decades working with underrepresented groups in Europe, Africa, and internationally.

Salome’s passion for social justice stems from her strong belief in equality and justice. She has devoted her career to advocating for those whose voices are often silenced, leading to engagements with policymakers at the national, European, and international levels. 

Her work with policy makers has been instrumental in the development of policies and strategies focusing on economic, social, and political development.

As the founder and CEO of AkiDwA – The Migrant Women’s Network Ireland, Salome has been at the forefront of advocating for the rights of migrant women in Ireland. Her work has been focused on developing and piloting projects that support women and children who are affected, or are likely to be affected by conflicts, violence, war, and poverty. 

Through her work with AkiDwA, Salome has conducted research with women from armed conflict countries living in Ireland and the African Diaspora in Ireland to inform policy and the work of the organization in general.

Salome’s impact extends far beyond the borders of Ireland. She is the co-president of the European Network of Migrant Women and sits on the EU Expert group on Economic Migration. She also sits on the Observatory experts group on Violence against Women with the European Women’s Lobby. In recognition of her work, Salome was appointed the 2015 OHCHR-UN Fellow of people of African Descent and the 2010 Eisenhower Fellow on women Leadership.

Salome’s work is a testament to the power of advocacy and activism. Her work has been instrumental in bringing attention to the issues affecting women, children, and the youth. Her research on integrating women into peacebuilding in the Democratic Republic of Congo has provided a critical understanding of the challenges facing women in conflict zones. Her work has been focused on developing solutions that are practical, sustainable, and responsive to the needs of those affected.

Salome’s journey has been long and challenging. Her work has often taken her to conflict zones, where she has witnessed firsthand the suffering of women, children, and the youth. Her commitment to the cause has often come at a personal cost. Yet, she remains resolute in her belief that the struggle for equality and justice is worth fighting for.

Salome’s story is an inspiration to many. It is a story of resilience, courage, and determination. She has shown that with hard work, dedication, and a strong belief in oneself, anything is possible. Salome’s journey is a reminder that the work of advocacy and activism is never done. There is always more to be done, more to be achieved, and more to be fought for.

Salome Mbugua’s story serves as a reminder of the critical role that women play in the fight for equality and justice. Her work has been transformative, and her impact will be felt for generations to come. Salome is a true inspiration, and her legacy will continue to inspire future generations of activists and advocates.


Joseph Omoniyi