Shamim Salim

Shamim Salim

Shamim Salim Juma is a Kenyan national. She is a queer woman with disability, and human rights activist with 2 years’ experience in advancing policies and structures that protect, promote, and enhance the realization of the civil and political rights for people marginalised by sexual and gender identity and disability. Shamim has been Program Manager for the sexual and gender minorities Safe Space Program at Church World Service, Kenya since 2016, where she has been responsible for programme planning, fundraising, development, innovation and management. She has also since 2016 been a member of “Because Womyn”, a programme of the Kenya National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC). Previously, in 2016, she was Project Coordinator at Action Network for the Disabled where she managed their “Sports for Change” programme that promotes access to quality education among children with and without disabilities living in informal settlements. Between 2015 and 2016 she was an intern at Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), working on statelessness, on sexual and gender minorities human rights and review of election laws. In 2015, she worked at Havilla Children’s Home in Kenya, and between 2012 and 2014, she was an Outreach Volunteer at Leonard Cheshire Disability International. Shamim has a Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Leadership and Elections from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) (2017) a Bachelor’s in International Relations with a concentration in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs, and a minor in Criminal Justice systems, from the United States International University—Africa (USIU-A) (2015). Shamim has taken a professional course in Monitoring and Evaluation, and she has had various advocacy speaking engagements including at the High-Level Youth Policy Dialogue on SDGs at UN Habitat.