Leah Eryenyu is the Head of Programmes at Akina Mama wa Afrika where she provides strategic leadership to the team across several African countries in the organisation’s thematic areas of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Women’s Economic Justice, and Women’s Political Leadership. Her work looks at the intersection of economic exploitation and gender oppression and its implication for the achievement of broader women’s rights. She was previously the Research Advocacy and Movement Building Manager, where she steered the organization’s feminist research and knowledge building work, and its women’s economic justice portfolio.
Leah’s research and writing interests include economic governance focusing on tax justice and Illicit Financial Flows, corporate accountability, and decent work for women, particularly those in global value chains. Her recent work in that regard includes contributing to the co-creation of a workshop facilitation guide on feminist approaches to understanding Illicit Financial Flows and redirecting global wealth, and co-editing From the Margins to the Centre, Discourses on the Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Women in Uganda, a volume of essays authored by Uganda women. Her work on SRHR has included, among other things, designing programmes, developing technical briefs, and co-authoring a book chapter titled “The Debate Over Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Uganda: Barriers to Vernacularizing Reproductive Rights.” Leah has a proven track record in developing capacity strengthening and knowledge building engagements and complementary tools, and also has experience in designing and implementing advocacy campaigns.
Leah is an Advisory Council member of the Strategic Issues and Research Council, an outfit that works behind the scenes through preemptive and proactive strategies to eliminate the influence of those who seek to impede the advancement of SRHR.
She has a BA in Political Science from Williams College in the US.
As a person descended from other women, who by their wits and resilience ensured that she enjoys vast opportunities that were not available to them, this quote by Ijeoma Umebinyuo speaks to her;“Nobody warned you that the women whose feet you cut from running would give birth to daughters with wings.” You can catch her on Twitter- @ironladey occasionally trying to be witty but not always succeeding.
Leah’s recent publications and writing contributions:
- June, 2020 . Is achieving decent work amidst the COVID-19 pandemic possible? https://medium.com/@leryenyu/is-achieving-decent-work-amidst-the-covid-19-pandemic-possible-60559c7cabc9
- Hivos, May 2020. Impact of COVID-19 on Women Workers in the Horticulture Sector in Uganda. https://womenatworkcampaign.org/document/impact-of-covid-19-on-women-workers-in-the-horticulture-sector-in-uganda/
- African Feminism, May 2020. More work shifting to the private sphere means more need to enforce protocols on violence and harassment https://africanfeminism.com/as-more-work-shifts-to-private-spheres-protocols-on-violence-and-harassment-offer-solutions/
- May 2020. The Debate Over Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Uganda: Barriers to Vernacularizing Reproductive Rights
- Daily Monitor, 14th February, 2020 Bouquet of roses may cost more than salary of woman who grows them https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/oped/commentary/bouquet-of-roses-may-cost-more-than-salary-of-woman-who-grows-them-1875246
- Workshop facilitation guide: Everybody’s business, A feminist approach to understanding illicit financial flows and redirecting global wealth, 2019 https://www.akinamamawaafrika.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/IFFs-Facilitation-Guide.pdf
- African Feminism, September 2019: Corporations and gender justice: it all leads back to who controls resources: http://africanfeminism.com/corporations-and-gender-justice-it-all-leads-back-to-who-controlsresources/
- Daily Monitor, 30th August, 2019: Sexual Abuse : Burying heads in sand makes us complicit https://www.monitor.co.ug/OpEd/Commentary/Sexual-abuse-Burying-heads-sand-makescomplicit/689364-5253956-format-xhtml-d6ybbj/index.html
- Daily Monitor, 10th April, 2017: Export of domestic workers is slavery dressed up as greener pastures https://www.monitor.co.ug/OpEd/Commentary/Export-domestic-workers-slavery-greener-pastures/689364- 3883520-f8t3pv/index.html