Our Partners

The Malkia Initiative

Areas of Focus

Health and Wellness
Youth Empowerment
Gender Equality

Malkia is a Swahili word for Queen. The Malkia Initiative is a youth-led, women-led community organization working in rural pastoralist Kajiado to confront systemic and cultural barriers that leave girls and youth disenfranchised. By equipping them with skills and agency to influence change in their lives and their communities, the Malkia Initiative unleashes the boundless potential of rising generations.

Jedidah Lemaron

Executive Director

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Jedidah Lemaron is an accomplished psychologist and an award winning specialist in AYSRH and Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management. She is a training consultant, an FGM advocate, and the Founder and Executive Director of The Malkia Initiative. Jedidah has over 9 years of experience in Gender, Community Adolescent and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health, and Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG), she is committed to empowering women and girls through education, addressing gender equality and sexual reproductive health and rights, policy, and advocacy. Jedidah's efforts have not gone unnoticed. In June 2023, she was honoured with the BRAVE award by Planned parenthood global, for her bravery in advocating for SRHR of the Youth. In 2022, she was awarded the Head of State Award by the president of Kenya, for her contribution to ending Female Genital Mutilation in Kajiado County. Jedidah is a recipient of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in 2016.

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