Ruth Ojiambo Ochieng
Ruth Ojiambo Ochieng has been involved for many years in international women’s rights efforts and most recently in the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict. Ruth has worked for over two decades to advance women’s rights and promote peace and security across Africa—building vibrant support networks of women activists across borders.
As the Executive Director of Isis-WICCE (Women’s Cross-Cultural Exchange), she promoted women’s leadership and has documented women’s experiences of armed conflict in Uganda, Liberia, Nepal and South Sudan. She herself had experienced the trauma of armed conflict in her home country of Uganda and has since dedicated her life to working with women who been victims of conflict to become leaders in their communities. With her team at Isis-WICCE, Ruth provided holistic medical, psychological, and social support to survivors of sexual violence in Uganda and documented their stories. Through the power of storytelling, she gave a voice to those who have traditionally been unheard. Although she has recently retired from her position in Isis-WICCE, she continues to work on giving voice to African women.
Ruth also played a key role in the development of a Ugandan women’s peace coalition that successfully mobilized women to intervene in peace talks between Uganda’s government and the Lord’s Resistance Army. After the collapse of the Ugandan peace agreement, Ruth helped mobilize women to review and support the development of the Uganda Government Framework on Peace and Recovery Development Plan: essential action to bring women’s voices into the peace process. Ruth has also contributed to several global policy groups, including the high level independent panel reviewing UN Security Council Resolution 1325.