Dr. Grace Mose-Okong’oDr. Grace Mose-Okong’o

Dr. Mose-Okong’o is a professor in Gender Studies at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya and a relentless activist in the struggle to overcome gender inequality and domestic violence in the United States and in Kenya and other African nations.

A native Kenyan, Dr. Mose-Okong’o is founder and director of the Foundation for African Women, a charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of gender disparities through civic education, economic empowerment projects, and programs to end gender-based violence in Africa.

As a counselor and fervent advocate for women, Dr. Mose-Okong’o brings a rich history of work on women’s issues. She also works as Director of the Diverse Communities Health Initiative (DCHI) of the Education Fund of Family Planning Advocates in New York, where she organizes conferences and provides trainings in culturally and linguistically appropriate services to health care providers and other human service providers.

Before joining DCHI, Dr. Mose-Okong’o worked as director of Domestic Violence Hotlines for the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She also worked as a part-time instructor at the State University of New York at Albany in the Department of Women’s Studies and has worked as a Legislative Aide for New York State Assemblywoman Barbara Clark.

A renowned public speaker at local, national, and international forums, Dr. Mose-Okong’o also works with family planning centers to develop and implement best practices, including action plans and organizational assessments related to culturally and linguistically appropriate services. She’s also conducted research in harmful health issues confronting women in Africa and has published a book on female genital mutilation.

Dr. Mose-Okong’o holds a Doctorate in Women’s Studies from University at Albany-State University of New York.