Maria-Louisa Wang’ondu

Maria-Louisa Wang’ondu

Biography

Maria-Louisa Wang’ondu is 23 years old and from Kenya. She is studying Law at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya and is set to graduate in March 2019. She currently works with the World Youth Alliance in New York, a Global Coalition of Youth driven by a need to advocate for the human dignity of the person. Maria-Louisa decided to study law due to my intense feeling of need to help advocate for the equality and freedom of persons everywhere. She comes from a continent where defence and the realisation of Human Rights is much needed. She studied psychology in high school and grew to like it. Therefore she believe that a background in that, together with knowledge of the Law will enable her to understand the perpetrators of human rights as well as know how to bring justice for the victims. She speaks three languages, English, Spanish and Kiswahili. She also take part in International Human Rights Moot Court Competitions representing my University. This an extracurricular activity for Law students all over the world, which involves taking part in a simulated court situation however using real laws, cases and judges. It is an excellent way to build ones confidence and research and writing skills.

In her free time she enjoy hiking, camping, cycling, reading and blogging on Law related matters. Maria-Louisa is also very much involved in Theatre Arts, whereby she act and sing. She hope to encourage young people in Africa and all over the world to push more for the respect of the human dignity in their fields they are in.

Thoughts

Anyone and everyone has the capacity to be excellent.

Being smart and knowing things is the easy part. The hard part is ensuring that you use this excellence for the greater good.

You see “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely” by Lord Acton a British Historian.

I am of the opinion that Power is not wealth or status. It is knowledge.

That is what I call power and it can absolutely corrupt if used as a means to empower only oneself without the inclusion of the society.

My motto in life is guided by the questions: what am I going to do with all this knowledge? Will I let it corrupt me? Blind me from seeing the injustices in the world that we leave in? Will I use my God given knowledge not to defend the defenseless in society? And instead feed the greedy?

I study Law not for me but for those who cannot study it. I advocate for the protection of human rights for the voiceless. I want to use my knowledge for the better good. With God directing me, it is the best weapon that I have.

I want to use my accumulated knowledge for the better of humanity.

Africa

What is African feminism? An introduction

The African female is vastly different from the Western female given the different socio-economic, political and cultural structures. Further the African female is viewed to have somewhat different preconditions from the Western Female, such as war, poverty, illness, illiteracy and so on. Therefore it has emerged that in the plight for female empowerment the African […]

Maria-Louisa Wang’ondu | January 14, 2019

Abortion

A different feminist approach to the pro-choice question

My country Kenya has recently been caught in the wave of pro-choice and pro-life debate as one of the main hospitals carrying out legal abortions was asked to shut down. Many young women have taken it to social media to argue the same old narrative that women should be allowed to do whatever they please […]

Maria-Louisa Wang’ondu | January 10, 2019

Bioethics

BIOETHICS AND HUMAN DIGNITY: THE DEFINITION OF BIOETHICS, HUMAN DIGNITY AND ITS CONSEQUENCES ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN MEDICINE IN AFRICA

The Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights[1] was adopted by the United Nations Economic and Social Committee (UNESCO) in 2005. This declaration helps govern the respect for human dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms as a result of arising ethical issues raised by medicine and life science. The International bioethics committee helps ensure that […]

Maria-Louisa Wang’ondu | November 26, 2018

Africa

EMPOWERING WOMEN IN AGRI-BUSINESS THROUGH MOBILE TECHNOLOGY.

In Kenya, as well as many other African countries, agri-business is a sector that drives the economy.  Additionally, it has been shown that women in the rural areas depend on this as a source of livelihood. For instance in Kenya, 80 percent of farmers are women, of which most are single couple households.[1] Moreover, in […]

Maria-Louisa Wang’ondu | October 31, 2018

Africa

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TWO THIRDS GENDER RULE IN KENYA, A LEGAL ANALYSIS

  ‘Women’s concerns in seeking equality in the various aspects of public life, especially in governance, is one that is constantly under discussion, and would continue to be so until the desired results are attained.’[1]Women constitute a majority of the world’s population; yet only 22 % are in Parliament. Only in a few countries has […]

Maria-Louisa Wang’ondu | October 29, 2018

Africa

EMPOWERING WOMEN IN AGRI-BUSINESS THROUGH MOBILE TECHNOLOGY

In Kenya, as well as many other African countries, agri-business is a sector that drives the economy. Further to this, it has been shown that women in the rural areas depend on this as a source of livelihood. For instance in Kenya, 80 percent of the farmers are women, of which most are single parent […]

Maria-Louisa Wang’ondu | September 25, 2018

Human Rights

The Rohingya Crisis, a Catastrophe looming for decades

The systematic oppression and persecution of the Rohingya people can be dated back to the 1960’s under Ne Win’s dictatorship. They have even been described by different forum as the forgotten victims, due to the gross human rights violations that they have faced under the Tatmadaw generals, without any real justice being found. The Human […]

Maria-Louisa Wang’ondu | September 3, 2018

Human Rights

An analysis on the role of International law on the progression of Indigenous’ Peoples’ Right to Self-determination in post-colonial Africa to the present

In post-colonial Africa there was a restructuring and refashioning of African Political Institutions. There was a common aspiration amongst the newly independent African states to “modernize” in a bid to join the rest of the world. The process of decolonization was a momentous progress in international law as there was the creation of satisfactory conditions […]

Maria-Louisa Wang’ondu | August 24, 2018

Human Rights

Combining National and International Peace Building mechanisms: with a special consideration to women and their vital role in this paradigm.

  The Strathmore Law School two weeks ago was gracious to host Professor Abdullahi Ahmed who is a lecturer of Law at the Emory Law School. He gave a presentation on “The Limited Legal protection of human rights and individual and collective self-determination”. The crux of his presentation was on the long lasting nature of […]

Maria-Louisa Wang’ondu | August 1, 2018

Human Rights

Digital Misogyny: Gender abuse on Female Human Rights Defenders and Activists.

Gender abuse is a conversation that we have been having for the longest time possible and this often culminates into gender based violence. Gender violence, although the focus is mostly on violence directed towards women, can also be directed towards men, and it is expressed in three recognised ways. These are domestic, community and institutional. […]

Maria-Louisa Wang’ondu | July 13, 2018