Muthoni Muriithi is the Senior Gender Policy Manager at the World Wide Web Foundation. She leads the Web Foundation’s gender-focused policy development and advocacy strategy around the world. This includes engaging in public policy debates on online gender equality, advocating for evidence-based gender policy solutions with policymakers, private sector and other key decision-makers. Muthoni will work to develop and strengthen partnerships with civil society organisations and coalitions to advocate for online gender equality and support the work of grassroots organisations including leading the World Wide Web Foundation’s work with Women’s Right Online (WRO), a research and advocacy network that aims to advance digital equality.
Muthoni is a gender expert and human rights lawyer, with extensive experience in advocating for women’s human rights and gender equality. She has experience in legislative and policy reform, legal and policy research and analysis, gender advocacy and campaigning, projects/program management, strategic litigation, and feminist movement building. She is passionate about advocating for gender equality.
Muthoni joins Web Foundation from Oxfam International, where she led an Africa-wide campaign (Enough Campaign) to end gender-based violence. In this role, she provided technical support to Oxfam Country Offices to develop strategies on gender equality, including ending gender-based violence ( both online and offline). Prior to joining Oxfam, she worked as the Africa Program Officer committed to promoting access to justice for young women and girls at Equality Now. In this role, she managed a Legal Defence Fund to support young girls access justice, supported numerous campaigns to advocate for changing of gender discriminatory laws, coordinated a coalition of women’s rights organisations and legal experts to advocate for legislative and policy reform on gender equality, trained lawyers and activists on human rights law; and carried out strategic litigation initiatives with women’s rights organisations. She has also worked as a Diversity and Inclusion expert in Sweden and was one of the lead consultants’ in the development of the African Commission Guidelines on Combating Sexual Violence.
Muthoni holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B) from the University of Nairobi, a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Human Rights Law from the Central European University and a Masters in Gendering Practices (Gender Studies) from the University of Gothenburg.