Saoyo Tabitha Griffith, LLB (Moi University), Post Graduate Diploma (Kenya School of Law) LLM (University of Pretoria) PhD (Cardiff University, ongoing) Aspen New Voices Fellow 2019, Law Society of Kenya Pro-Bono Jurist 2019.
Ms Saoyo is the Managing Director of the Strategic Issues and Research Council (SIRC) a regional entity based in East Africa working to pre-emptively and pro-actively mitigate rising fundamentalist ideologies against sexual and reproductive rights. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over ten years’ experience navigating the policy, human rights, health and governance spaces in East Africa. Her special bias is in Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, particularly having engaged in programs targeted at addressing unsafe abortion, sexual violence, forced sterilization and teen pregnancies. Professionally, Saoyo has worked in private practice, served at the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya and consulted for UNDP in contextualizing HIV and the linkages to sexual and gender-based violence. Until 2020, she was the Deputy Director and Head of Programs at KELIN, a Kenyan NGO working on health related rights.
In her spare time, she enjoys teaching and has been a visiting lecturer at the Strathmore Law School, and Centre for Human Rights, South Africa. Ms Saoyo is also a faculty trainer for Akina Mama wa Afrika (Uganda). Currently she serves as a board member in the Amnesty International Kenya Board, Emergency Medical Kenya Foundation and advisory committee of the Nebula Fund.